(Closed) Sexism at Home Depot?

posted 6 years ago in The Lounge
Post # 3
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: January 1992

I’ve boycotted HD too, but for another reason entirely. Seriously, go to Lowes instead. It’s geared more towards Harry Homeowner, whereas Home Depot is more contractor based. The aisles are better organized & labeled, and I’ve found the employees far more helpful.

Post # 4
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

I think you are overreacting a bit. Every company employs individuals, even if this greeter was sexist, that doesn’t mean everyone who works at Home Depot is sexist, or that the whole chain/company is sexist. You are just as likely to run into someone like that at Lowe’s, Ace Hardware, and other companies.

Did you ever stop to think that the most customers at Home Depot are men, so the greeter may have just been on autopilot and says the same thing when any one comes into the store. I’m sure greeting people gets a bit boring, so I could see my mind wandering. It’d be another issue if you went up to someone to ask for help and they ignored you, but the fact that he didn’t explicitly greet you in ADDITION to your husband seems innocent enough to me. 

Post # 5
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

I go to home depot by myself all the time, and I never get ignored just because I’m a woman. I think you are overreacting a little bit. If a greeter at Wal-mart had said the same thing, would have have this heated of a reaction? I honestly don’t think I would have even noticed what they said. And if you honestly had an issue with what he said, you should have said something to him. Honestly, how is he supposed to know its offensive if people just mutter under their breath. That’s really passive aggressive. You could certaintly have helped him learn from his mistake by nicely pointing out why you were offended.

Post # 6
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Bee Keeper

That’s interesting. I don’t think it was done intentionally. I feel sorry for the “greeters” they try their best. Some are mentally challenged and greeting people are the only job they can get. Please do not get offended so easily.

Post # 7
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

If you are unhappy, pehaps write a letter to the company about it?

Post # 8
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

Write a letter to the store manager and copy the company (the overall company may ignore it if it goes just to them). It’s a matter of sensitivity training for the employees.

I’ve been asked at Lowes if I needed help finding anything, like my father or husband, because I looked lost. Not. Kidding. I was like, well, no… but who do I talk to about ordering some lumber, because I’m about to rebuild my deck, jackass.

Post # 9
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL

I feel that I typically get better service because I am a woman but I go to the Home Depot alone.  I am greeted by every single employee I pass and I am also asked whether they can help me find something.

However, I do notice that when I go with my FH (which is rarely since he is not a DIY kind of guy) the worker at the door greets him and pretty much nobody asks if we need help unless we look confused or lost.  I think some of the employees make assumptions about customers and don’t necessarily mean to offend you.  Next time I would look at the greeter in the eyes and say “hi” back as a gentle reminder that everyone deserves to be greeted.

Post # 10
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Sugar bee

Greeters can’t greet everyone. Seriously. He could have been on autopilot and simply wasn’t able to give you both full greetings. Calm down. ๐Ÿ™‚ My guy is a wine rep and does tastings at various locations. One day a woman walks in and he greets her and asks her if she wants to try one of the wines. A guy happens to walk in right after her but since my Darling Husband was already speaking to the woman he wasn’t able to greet the guy (though he wanted to). Instead of the guy just understanding that he was unable to speak to everyone all at once he gets in my DH’s face and says “I would have liked to try something! Thanks for offering!” and storms off. Absolutely unnecessary behavior. Rude.

Someone didn’t say hi to you. That by no means indicates someone is a sexist, an asshole, or whatever descriptor you would like to associate. It just means they didn’t say hi. That’s it.

Post # 12
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: February 2012

So even if the greeter was being sexist and blatantly ignoring you that doesn’t mean that every employee at Home Depot would treat you the same way. That’s why I think this may be a bit of an overreaction. There are people out there that behave in all kinds of ways toward people they don’t like for whatever the prejudice, but you can’t let one rotten apple ruin it for you. 

ETA: To clarify, in this instance I just mean letting this one greeter ruin your experience at Home Depot for the day, and never going back there. That to me is extreme. 

Post # 13
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

I feel the opposite when I go to HD – the employees always seem to go above and beyond helping me because I’m always a very obviously lost and confused girl.

 

That being said, HD is VERY customer-service oriented – if you feel slighted, I guarantee that if you contact the manager you will hear back. My dad works at HD and he’s always talking about that. My dad is really good at his job, though, and is friendly to everyone ๐Ÿ™‚

Post # 14
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

It sounds like your husband made eye contact first.  It would have been weird if he stopped and then engaged and greeted you as well.  If you honestly feel that the greeter was motivated by prejudice, bring it up with store management, but I honestly can’t say that I would give a crap if I was in the same situation…honestly, I wish people would leave me alone at HD or Lowe’s when I just need to get a roll of duct tape of something.

Post # 15
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: January 2015

If you see him again, next time you can greet him first. Show him how it’s done. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Post # 16
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

Everyone is always so nice and helpful to me at Home Depot… never had any issues.

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