Ok folks, it's video time. Just to initially explain some stuff, the faces are blurred just to protect the privacy of the people who appear. Since acting strangely is not specific to one person, I didn't want to be like "Ha ha! Look at this person being an idiot!" because we have all probably done stupid things we would hate to see on camera. I have also added annotations for the hearing impaired and to tell you what I am thinking during these interactions. Don't worry, you'll be able to tell my internal dialogue from when the other people are talking
Soooo. I was just getting my green tea lemonade from Starbucks when I had an encounter with the barista. Some of the writing might appear small, so if you're having trouble reading it, click on the video and it will take you to youtube where you can full screen it. Watch:
Now let me explain. Many MANY people think that I am a 10-year-old boy when they meet me. For the record, I am a 26-year-old female, but I am of small stature and I have a short hair cut. People almost always think my aides are my mom or dad besides the fact that some of them are actually younger than me. Now our lovely barista asked me in a very condescending tone how I was then proceeded to tell me that I have a nice smile (for a boy). Now asking people how they are doing is great! But if you don't know the person your default tone should be how you would talk to an adult. Even if a person can't speak, looks like their 10, or seems cognitively disabled, its always best to go with the default tone. You can also take cues from the people with them (if they have anyone with them). For example, if they are with someone who is having a normal conversation with them, then there you go. I know the barista had the best intentions, but let this be a lesson to all you able-bodied folks. Talk to adults as adults!