Paying the Price for Not Being Yourself

Stephen Hopson, a talented person who is a pilot and former stock broker, shares an embarrassing experience that could easily happen to anyone who is deaf. I do what he did — answer “yes” or “no” when I’m not sure what someone said and I’ve already asked him to repeat. You just don’t want to be a bother by repeatedly asking, “What?”
A minor incident happened a few months ago. It worked to my advantage, but it also made me feel guilty. At the mall, I stopped to get a soda on my way out. I ordered and had money in hand. The guy at the counter asked a question. After two or three times of “What?” I finally said, “Yes.”
The cost of the drink was less than what I usually pay. Confused, I took my drink and left. Moments later I figured out what he asked. “Are you a mall employee?” Oy! I accidentally lied and felt rotten about it. I tried to make up for it by giving a tip next time.

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