I was telling my friend, Gina, a joke. I began it by saying, “An Irishman, an Englishman, and a Frenchman walk into this bar, and…” Suddenly, Gina Grabbed my arm and shook her head. I turned around and our coworker, Colin, was standing right behind me.
Eileen: Oh, hi Colin. I didn’t see you standing there.
Colin: I guess you didn’t.
Eileen: I was just telling Gina a joke…
Colin: Yes, I know. I heard. I can’t believe you’re telling Off-color jokes, especially at work.
Eileen: I’m really sorry. Please don’t Be offended. I didn’t Intend to insult you. I know that you’re from Ireland. It was just a joke.
Colin: It may be just a joke to you, but it’s getting a little old to me. I already have A tough time fitting in as an outsider in this company, and I’m really tired of being The butt of jokes around here. Besides, Ethnic jokes reinforce Stereotypes.
Eileen: Please don’t be angry.
Colin: I’m trying not to be Oversensitive. I enjoy a good joke as much as anyone, but this isn’t the first time this has happened. The other day, someone drew a picture of me dressed as a Leprechaun and put it in the break room. That wasn’t funny, and neither is this.
Eileen: You’re right. We’re all being a little Insensitive. As far as I’m concerned, it won’t happen again.
Colin: I Accept your apology and I’ll Take you at your word.
Eileen: Can we Shake and be friends again?
Colin: Yeah, sure. I guess so.Offending Someone