Coffee Talk {Living Outside the Stacks}1. Did you hear about the Houston waiter who refused to serve a family because they asked to be moved away from a family who had a child with Down syndrome? The father reportedly said “Special needs children need to be special somewhere else.” It takes a special kind of idiot to be that insensitive towards a child, any child. The waiter overheard the comment and told the customer that he would be unable to serve them. Fist bump for the waiter because he lost a tip on that one (I’m guessing the family weren’t big tippers though just from the butt headedness displayed, so he may not have lost much). Now, I’ve been out and about and come across some unruly children, in fact, I’ve even left stores because children were just so obnoxious that I couldn’t deal. But from what I gather, this child was just chattering but not misbehaving. I think what the waiter did was pretty cool and I’m glad he didn’t lose his job over it. I do hope, however, that the family learned a little lesson on tolerance.

2. I don’t dislike children and, goodness knows, I heart puppies but if I see one more Facebook post that says some kid is gonna get a puppy if he or she gets a bazillion likes, I’m gonna scream. Getting Facebook likes is not a reason to get a puppy. Puppies are living things that require a lot of work and a lot of patience. And, much like kids, they don’t stay cute and cuddly forever. They grow up, get sick, poop on the floor, and act like two~year~olds forever. Y’all, please stop encouraging all of these “I’ll get this for so many likes” posts.

3. I hope you’re not eating right now. If you are, I’ll wait… I have two totally disgusting pieces of “art” to tell you about but before I do, I wanna know WHO ARE THE PEOPLE WHO’RE BUYING THIS STUFF? AND IF YOU REALLY JUST NEED TO GET RID OF YOUR MONEY, GIVE IT TO ME! OK, now that that’s out of my system… A “designer” had a piece of his own skin surgically removed and mounted on a $500,ooo 24~karat gold band. You can see it here, if you’re so inclined. Another designer has started creating jewelry from finger and toe nail clippings. It’s called “Human Ivory”. You can see it here, if you’re so inclined. When you first see it, it kinda looks like shells or something and then you realize, it’s human “scales”. I just threw up in my mouth. A lot.

What had you scratchin’ your head this week?