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Dear the universe
happy now
So I was waiting for my boyfriend to come home to start dinner but he was late, his message to me got lost in pixels somewhere, and by the time I noticed how late it was I needed to eat, not cook then eat.  I decided to run out for food, and chose to go to Taxiburger.  Did I need a cheeseburger and fries?  No, and the scale will back me up on that.  But I wanted one and figured why not?  I got to Taxi's, placed my order for takeout, and a few minutes later was handed my dinner.  As I headed to the door two young men were walking up, and they held the door for me.  I smiled and said thank you and the one with his hand on the handle responded "You're welcome, ma'am."


Pbbbbth on you. universe.

(BTW the mushroom swiss burger and curly fries were delicious, so there.)

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My boyfriend was all 'he was just being polite', I don't think he fully grasps what it's like to be on the receiving end of a ma'am.

For your own sanity, assume they were southern. Southern boys call everyone ma'am, unless they're six (then they're "miss".)

I guess I've lived here so long (and become so old in the process) that ma'am doesn't bother me at all anymore. I do remember being freaked out about it when I first got here, though.

Good call. Ma'am isn't very common around here so I immediately noticed, and flinched. I'm going to chalk it up to politeness instead of the universe immediately going karmic on my ass for eating cheeseburgers.

Ma'am? OUCH. Maybe they were from the South and were just being polite gentlemen? :-)

I'm going for the overly polite angle, I couldn't have looked like a ma'am. No way. (Realizes am probably at ma'am stage but refuses to admit it.)

I had a mushroom swiss burger too! (well, veggie burger) Yum! My fries were regular, not curly though. I miss curly fries...

It is possible I focused on the wrong portion of this post...

I think you absolutely focused on the best part. Taxi's is one of the few places I will get curly fries, theirs are particularly yummy.

I get Ma'am from my students, and am surprised every time. Although I'm sure some of them are doing it to be snarky. It's not a terribly common expression here.

It's not terribly common out here in CA either. As a teacher you're automatically in a position of respect so that makes some sense to me, though it would still be weird.

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