Hey gang, looking for a little insight into an issue my wife is facing at her job right now. She does nails and works in a salon where she pays $120 a
week in space rent. She is self-employed and a damn good woman. She excels at her job and does wonderful nail art.
Last month her father had to have triple bypass surgery and is currently recovering. My wife decided to give any of the hospital employees a discount
on any services to show her thanks for taking such good care of her father. She has extended her discounts (which are roughly about HALF of what she
normally charges for services) to any staff that work for the local school district in order to show thanks for their dedication to our cities'
children. No static from the owner for this.
Here is where things get wonky. Neither of us identify with politics in a big way. We did not support either candidate during this sh&*storm of an
election and were appalled at the actions and words of both candidates.
Now we live in a small town, population roughly 28,000 people, and there is one mosque here. Earlier in the year there was a small protest at a local
grocery store here owned by a Muslim family. The same Muslim family owns the local mosque. The same day these people were protesting, the mosque was
having a "meet and greet" with the community to show that they were open and friendly. They had pizza and water to give to the community. I don't
know what their turnout was like but when I heard that people were throwing slurs at these people, the wife and I promptly went to their store, bought
two bouquets of flowers and hand delivered them to the mosque.
And they didn't try to blow us up even ONCE! Imagine that!
So with all the hateful rhetoric that has been going around about Muslims, my wife decided she would try to reach out to the SMALL Muslim community
here and offer any women from the mosque a FREE service. This isn't a slight against non-Muslims, this is trying to show a little compassion for a
minority in our community that are probably feeling pretty fearful for themselves and children's safety.
All of my wife's coworkers and the owner of the salon are staunch republicans and Trump supporters. Which is fine with us. We might not agree with
what President Elect Trump has said, but we stay out of political arguments. We both put people first and political ideologies second.
Well the owner found out and confronted my wife about it tonight, stating that she felt "that you're giving one group of people special treatment
over others" which is obviously a falsehood. My wife explained that she felt that it was something that she wanted to do to show solidarity with the
minorities in our town. And that she has already extended discounts and special deals to several "different groups" in town.
The owner told her to take down her posting offering the women a free service, which my wife did, but told her boss that she would just go in person
to the mosque to extend the offer.
What are your thoughts on this, friends? My wife is pretty pissed about it, and afraid she'll be kicked out of the salon. Is she in the wrong for
trying to include and already excluded group in this town?
Looking forward to your thoughts on the issue, thanks guys.