Latino Coworkers Don't Realize Woman Can Understand Their Nasty Gossiping

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    Font - Posted by u/FastManner8680 1 day ago 2 + AITA For Not Disclosing To My Coworkers That I Understand Them? Not the A-hole

    It was Reddit user u/FastManner8680 who took to the 'Am I The A-Hole' community to ask if they were in the wrong for not telling her coworkers that she could actually understand them all along. Oh, boy.

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    Font - Hello, I will try to keep this brief. I am not American, but have been in America for the past year and a half or so for schooling and picked up a part time job. At my job, there is a high population of Mexican coworkers, and they frequently speak Spanish to one another. I am from Peru and also speak Spanish, although they are not really the same and so some of the slang falls off with me.

    It's definitely such an embarrassing mistake to assume someone only speaks English because of their skin color. Latinos come in all shades, and even if you're not Latin, plenty of Americans learn Spanish in school.

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    Font - I have very light skin, and I am white passing with maybe a slight tan to most people that do not know me. I do have an accent and don't try to hide it, but I guess not many people in America know of the Peruvian accent and so they don't ask where I am from.
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    Font - My coworkers have been saying extremely nasty things about myself and other non- Spanish speaking workers, but I chose not to say anything because I do not care for their opinions. The issues came up earlier this week when two coworkers were talking about their relationship. One was the manager of our store, and the other was just a worker.
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    Font - They were talking about it so openly in Spanish that I thought everybody in the store knew. That is why when the owner visited and asked me how I was adjusting, I told him the truth. I thought that it was an alright place, although some of the not-well hidden hostility and dirty comments they made to one another were inappropriate to me.
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    Font - He got angry and confronted the manager, and she got angry at me. I don't know exactly what happened after, but I believe that she may be subject to firing because of it all. I talked to my other supervisor and the owner had made a mistake and told the staff that I was from Brazil, not Peru, so they believed I did not know Spanish or what they were saying in detail.
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    Font - Since that most of my coworkers have come to me asking what the Mexican staff has said about them, and the Mexican staff have avoided me. One in particular though has been insulting me by calling me puta gringa as well as other things. I called my family to tell them what happened and my mother told me I was disrespectful by eavesdropping on conversations not meant for me.
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    Rectangle - Am I in the wrong? 558 Comments 97% Upvoted
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    The OP provided a possible reasoning for why they're the AH

    Font - I could have told the staff that I knew what they were saying, but instead ignored them and told the owner of the store instead which had a much bigger impact on everyone else in the store besides myself. I think it may have been a bit too dumb on my part
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    Font - karskipellis · 1d Colo-rectal Surgeon [41] NTA. You weren't sneaking up and listening around a corner. You wasn't dropping no eaves. 1 9.9k Reply Share
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    Font - Aethermist88 · 1d Partassipant [1] Nta. They chose to talk about their coworkers and make inappropriate comments. Language barriers don't give them the excuse to be shitty реople. 3.8k Reply Share
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    Font - Kufat · 1d Asshole Aficionado [10] NTA. Also worth noting that even if you had been from Brazil, Spanish and Portuguese are close enough that you'd probably be able to tell when they were talking shit about you. The coworkers are not exactly geniuses here. 1.7k Q Reply Share
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    Font - Outside-Question · 1d Pooperintendant [60] NTA. If you say something in public you have to assume others will hear and understand it. Never say something around others you wouldn't want them to know because you can never be sure they can't understand you. 286 Reply Share
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    Font - shucksx · 1d NTA, Americans do this in other countries. They talk loudly and insult people and think no one understands English. I usually laugh when they get called out. I don't see a big difference here. They assumed the English speakers couldn't understand one of the other most common and widely spoken languages in the world and got burned for it.
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    Font - Weskit · 1d Professor Emeritass [94] NTA. You should go to human resources and explain the entire situation to them. Calling you puta gringa is harassment to the nth degree, and you shouldn't have to put up with that. Any employee calling another employee that should be fired on the spot. 87 Reply Share

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