In a lot of places like post offices and banks you find pens chained to the desk or counter and of course they are chained to the right hand side and usually on a chain so short that they cannot be used by lefthanders! We have complained about this before but have been reminded about it by Left Handers Club member David D who sent us this email:
Hello Keith and Lauren,
I'll just mention an argument I got into last week with a left-handed theme.
I was sending something at our local Post Office by special delivery. I had to sign a slip to confirm my name and address in case of problems delivering the package. The pen for signing was on the right-hand side of the counter on a short chain. As it would have meant twisting into an awkward position, I used my own pen. The lady behind the counter said “Why not use our pen?”. I said “Because it's on the wrong side of the counter for me, it's discriminating against left-handers”.
The sub-postmaster now joined in and said “You're talking rubbish”. I said “I'm not talking rubbish, it's awkward for a left-hander to write with the pen on the right-hand side, and don't speak to a customer like that”. He said “I'm left-handed and it doesn't bother me”. He of course is on the other side of the counter and wouldn't have a chained pen to use. He started to raise his voice and I said “Right, I'm going to make a complaint to your superiors, what's your name?”. He said “It's on the front of the counter” in a supercilious voice. I could see “Chris” in tiny letters which I could just about read, not in an obvious position. He then said “What's your name?”. I gave my full name and said “I don't mind anybody knowing my name, what's YOUR surname?”. He wouldn't give it! The lady now said “I think you'd better go, you're upsetting the other customers”. None of the other customers looked upset.
When I got home I sent off an email to Royal Mail to say I had been spoken to rudely by one of their staff and made a suggestion that pens are placed in a better position for left-handers. We'll see what happens.
Best wishes, David Dawber.
Quite apart from the bad attitude and rudeness of the Post Office staff member, we think this is an outrageous story! Our thanks to David for taking the time to share and standing up for us lefthanders and if you have had similar experiences please let us know by leaving a comment below.