|In line at the gas station... or not|
I'm not offended, really, just slightly taken aback. There is a new cashier at my local gas/coffee/heartburn establishment. She is very chirpy and addresses all the customers with happy greetings, which is nice. Today she called me, 'My lady.' LOL.
Maybe, it was my conical hat.
I had a father-in-law who called everyone, "Hon." No one seemed to be offended. I knew it was because he was very bad with names. He was the vice president of a fairly large company and I never saw anyone look annoyed when he used this moniker. Even burly, manly guys melted at the name. Could have been some ass-kissing, but, I really don't think anyone minded.
I do have a problem when the higher-ups give other nicknames to their employees. A former manager called "Joe" the janitor, "Little Joe" Why he thought that was okay, is beyond me. I took a sociology class many moons ago and one of the subjects was about bosses patronizing their employees in this way.
I'm pretty sure the cashier doesn't feel superior to me- I think she is just trying to be nice.
'My Lady." Beats being called 'Ma'am.' any day.