I am the sole Purchasing Agent for a $12 million dollar computer supplies company in Cleveland, Ohio. This means I get to meet a lot of people from around the United States and Canada: not only by phone but in person.
I don’t think I’ve ever been as offended as I was today with a Sales Representative for a manufacturer we are going to start buying from. The gentleman would not shake my hand. At first, I thought maybe he was a germ-a-phone, but when we went into the conference room, he shook my Manager’s hand (the President of the company.) I couldn’t believe it!
Immediately, the No Doubt song, “Just A Girl” popped into my head. I am all for women’s rights and equality of women (naturally.)
I am a professional, and from what I’m told, I am good at what I do.
After the meeting, my Manager came up and asked if the gentleman shook my hand. I informed my Manager that I was offended, but the gentleman would not shake my hand. My Manager said, “It’s a good thing! I think he may have broken a few of the bones in mine!”
This got me to thinking, maybe this was a blessing in disguise.
What are your thoughts on this? Am I overreacting?
Would you be offended if you attempted to shake a man’s hand and they refused?