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“I study Spanish and Social Justice, Math is not what I do”

“I study Spanish and Social Justice, Math is not what I do”


Said to me by a cashier on the Cornell campus.

Moments after she punched the wrong amount into the cash register for the single item I purchased.


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LukeHandCool | April 22, 2014 at 2:51 pm

I hope you told her,

“Well, the freezing rain in Spain falls mainly on the homeless quadratic plane.”

And presumably she’s entitled to the job……

    Spiny Norman in reply to mzk. | April 22, 2014 at 2:59 pm

    She’s better learn to be good at it, because that’s the only job her “Social Justice” degree will get her.

      pst314 in reply to Spiny Norman. | April 22, 2014 at 3:21 pm

      Except for the lucky few who get jobs as Thought Police bullies.

      guyjones in reply to Spiny Norman. | April 22, 2014 at 4:05 pm

      I’m not so sure about that. I think that a minor in “Social Justice”-related coursework, at a minimum, is a prerequisite to working in the Obama Administration. Similarly, it would probably be viewed as a threshold qualification, an ideological litmus test of sorts, to winning a job in one of the myriad federal government agencies,

    One of the interesting things about the future of education is that the university system is going to radically change. On-line/ AI instructors will take over a large portion of the classroom education and many distance-learning or no-frills colleges will open up.

    At first they will be primarily used for technology students but as these students prove themselves it will rapidly expand. The result is that 4 year social justice degrees will become more expensive, more useless and most importantly offered in fewer campuses: with the result that there will be fewer tenured and adjunct positions for the graduates.

    Technology should help in weeding out this stupidity.

Because Brawndo’s got electrolytes.

LukeHandCool | April 22, 2014 at 3:13 pm

Young lady, you may not be interested in math, but math is interested in you. Put another way, you may not do math, but math will do you.

    redc1c4 in reply to LukeHandCool. | April 22, 2014 at 3:33 pm

    which makes math part of the rape culture she struggles against every day…

    in fact, the very act of having to ring up numbers is a trigger.

    moonstone716 in reply to LukeHandCool. | April 22, 2014 at 5:07 pm

    🙂 Especially when her idea of math is apparently the ability to read a number and duplicate it by pressing a sequence of numbers on a keypad.

The poor (optionally) stupid thing is more to be pitied than despised.

She’s being cheated by a very highly developed racket.

She really IS a victim, albeit from a corner she least comprehends.

And, given her indoctrination, she likely never will comprehend reality. She’ll be crippled for life.

Henry Hawkins | April 22, 2014 at 3:23 pm

I’d hire this girl in a heartbeat. I’d pay her 10 cents an hour and she’d never know the difference, math being a requisite skill to know when you’re getting screwed. (Which is liberalism’s interest in a math-stupid population).

LukeHandCool | April 22, 2014 at 3:32 pm

Professor, learn to speak her language and educate her. Please return to the student store and tell her this:

“El reembolso total de sus préstamos estudiantiles será un número muy grande. Parecerá muy injusto.”

Google translation:

“The total repayment of your student loans will be a very big number. It will seem very unfair.”

LukeHandCool (who puzzles over the hidden significance of Professor J’s debate at Vassar being held on Cinco de Mayo)

From listening to Progressives, like Liz Warren, I never would have believed …

It turns out that 12 percent of the population will find themselves in the top 1 percent of the income distribution for at least one year. What’s more, 39 percent of Americans will spend a year in the top 5 percent of the income distribution, 56 percent will find themselves in the top 10 percent, and a whopping 73 percent will spend a year in the top 20 percent of the income distribution.

Normally this would beg the question, who are the other 27% ? … but now I know

    Paul in reply to Neo. | April 22, 2014 at 7:29 pm

    yep, that number correlates very closely with the percentage that never actually pay ANY income taxes.

I have to admit that the Left is peerless when it comes to crafting nebulous, utterly vacuous catchphrases as the rallying cry du jour. The utility of the concept of “social justice” is its sheer ambiguity; it can mean anything on any given day, depending on in which direction the prevailing Leftist activist winds are blowing. Yesterday, it was the “right” to healthcare. Then — somewhat fleetingly — it was “income inequality.” Today, it’s global warming. What sanctimonious crusade will tomorrow bring?

How did she get into Cornell?

Math is *hard*…


That explains everything.

No one expects the Spanish in-cashier position?

happened to me recently at a fast-food establishment…..Latino girl behind counter who obviously didn’t “hablo ingles” forgot to tally in tax and announced the price in broken English….I informed her that “although you don’t pay taxes I do but I will take it for that amount” and she managed a weak smile and said “si”. All I could think was “the employer sure is getting shafted” but hey! actions have consequences…..Let’s see how long the business stays afloat with clueless cashiers charging the wrong price. Maybe I should have told her in my rudimentary Spanish that “in America, everything is half-price”…..I’ll bet she would have been that gullible!

I bet she’s the type who, if questioned about the Bill of Rights would reply: “The Bill of Rights? I think I paid that last week with my rent bill.”

You complained? Asked her to do math? That’s sexist/racist!

Juba Doobai! | April 23, 2014 at 4:11 am

Say it loud: she’s stupid and proud!
I say, say it loud: she’s….

well for her sake I hope La Raza pays their foot soldiers well because “math” is going to assert it’s supremacy once her college loans come due.

They need to put pretty pictures on the register, not those stodgy old numbers – consider it training for future employment…

    Henry Hawkins in reply to sbdivemaster. | April 23, 2014 at 11:36 am

    Many fast food franchises DO put pictures of products on their cash registers. Lean over and take a look. I was incredulous, but there it was.

      MouseTheLuckyDog in reply to Henry Hawkins. | April 24, 2014 at 1:59 pm

      Yes but that is more for convenience. For example when I go to Wendy’s I order: ” Spicy Chicken combo, chicken plain, large, chocolate frosty”. They aren’t going to type that. They have a bunch of buttons which each order, and it slows them down to have to read the buttons. Plus older people have trouble reading smaller fonts.

      The pictures are there to help the cashier not screw up an order, not because the cashier can’t read. Even smart people can screw up an order. In fact I daresay smart people screw up more orders, the tedium affecting them more. Fast food places have just gotten good at tweaking their processes to reduce error.

MouseTheLuckyDog | April 24, 2014 at 1:48 pm

This is what you should have done:
“Excuse me miss but you gave me one dollar too little.”
“Sorry sir.”
Pocket the dollar, then say: “Actually you just paid a dollar for an important lesson. If you can’t do math, you won’t get justice.”

Real American | April 24, 2014 at 6:10 pm

and intelligence is not what you have.

it would be fun to watch her get a real education after she graduates, and takes that attitude out into the real world…

who am i kidding? she’ll land a government j*b her first week out of school and never w*rk a day in her life.