One episode of sexual harassment really stands out for me. I was 17, waiting tables to earn money during the summer. I worked at a family restaurant that did not sell alcohol, but it did attract a lot of drinkers who stopped for breakfast on the way home from the bar. We didn't close until 2 am on weekends to accommodate this population. I was a good waitress. Subtle flirtation with innuendo is my strong suit, and it brings good tips.
One night before a concert, I went out to a table of six twenty-somethings. As I set water and silverware on the table, one guy asked me, "Have you ever had sexual intercourse?" Those exact words.
This line was so brazen and clinical and unexpected I just stood there with my mouth open for a minute. I said I would be back to take their orders.
My manager was watching and asked what the guy said. When I told him, he threw the party out.
I was kind of surprised that he tossed them all out, but he told me no one was treating his employees like that.
What a great boss, and what a lesson for me! Even as a minimum wage waitress, I was more valuable than these inappropriate customers!
All bosses need to follow this example. No customer (or employee) is so valuable to a business to allow others to suffer.