Intro to: Hispanic superstitions and myths

Hispanic Heritage Month Series

Let’s celebrate the upcoming Hispanic Heritage month, by blogging All Things Hispanic from now until the end of October. I will begin this special series with a little comedy and mind blowing facts. All cultures have their own superstitions or myths that some people believe in (to a certain point) as part of their traditions. These traditions then get passed down to generations after generations. Every now and then comes an asshole that’ll mess everything up by exposing the truths or fallacies behind these myths, yeah that’s me today. Your welcome.

  • Has your Hispanic friend ever screamed at you for leaving your purse or wallet on the floor? Some Hispanics, strongly believe in the superstition that you will lose money or face money troubles if you decide to plant your purse or wallet on the floor. Obviously we all know that isn’t true, but try to convince a truly traditional Hispanic otherwise and you’ll probably see a “chancleta” coming straight for you!
No pongas la cartera en el piso, que se te va todo el dinero!!!
  • That brings me to the terrifying “flying chancleta” satire, that some have recently discovered via social media or through your new Hispanic mother in law. However, this old school disciplinary tool, is not new at all. For many years now, Hispanic children have been threatened by or fallen victim to the flying flip flop. Huh? Many of you already know what I’m referring to and the ones that don’t, are probably making some close guesses by now. If you guessed that this exaggerated truth has to do with getting slapped by a flip flop, you are absolutely correct. Many of us as kids would get slapped by the chancleta whenever we misbehaved. It’s such a well known part of our upbringing, that social media decided to make it into a satirical comedy. But trust me there’s nothing funny about the “flying chancleta”. Whilst this doesn’t actually fall under the definition of a myth, the thought of a flying chancleta is.

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  • Many homemade medical concoctions and remedies come from a long line of traditions. A common one among Hispanic homes is the use of Vicks Vapo-Rub. Vicks is a topical ointment that can be applied to the chest as a cough suppressant and to other parts of the body to relieve sore muscles and aches. According to many Abuelas (grandmothers), Vicks can cure a lot more than coughs and muscle aches. Many Hispanics believe that its a cure it all; headaches, flu, a broken heart, stomach aches, depression, menstrual cramps, whatever it is, Vicks can fix it. How true is this, nobody really knows or cares to find out because no one is going to tell Abuela that she is wrong. If you have a stomach ache and she tells you to rub this ointment on, you rub it on. But just in case, take some some stomach medicine when Abuela is not looking, because for all we know, this could just be another myth.

Now these are just the three most popular ones that came to my mind, but there are so many more…..

Don’t carry the scissors pointed towards yourself.

Don’t rock the rocking chair when no one is sitting on it.

Don’t put shoes on the bed.

Don’t sweep someone’s feet.

And the list goes on and on. If you want me to explain any of the ones mentioned above, leave me a comment and I will be glad to help.

What are some common superstitions or myths in your household? The funnier the better.

Time to make a change

“Change is the end result of all true learning”–Leo Buscaglia

“My son turned in his math homework with all correct answers and yet his teacher wasn’t satisfied because he didn’t follow the method that was taught in class” said one of the managers at my local TJMaxx as he stood by the cashier that was ringing me up. Poor girl, I just felt so bad for her. You can just tell she was just starting her journey as a sales associate at one of the biggest off-price retail stores across America.

My kids and I went in to purchase some gifts for Father’s Day and we spent a total of $79.25. I remember because of two different reasons, 1 )I was thrilled that I was just under my budget of $80 (cha-ching!) and 2) I paid the cashier with four twenty-dollar bills and my change was a simple seventy-five cents or so I thought. For some reason, my cashier thought my change should’ve been three dollars and forty cents. Why you ask? I asked myself the same question. Consequently, my cashier had failed to punch the amount of cash received into her register!!!! Shit!!! PANIC!!! That means it was up to her to calculate my change off the top of her noggin, instead of relying on a computer to do the math for her. That’s okay she can just subtract my total from what I paid with and Ta-Da I would get my seventy-five cents change and take our happy butts home…..At least that’s what I was thinking in my head, but apparently not my cashier. While she stands there with a “what did I wear yesterday” face trying to figure out that my change is 3 quarters….. SEVENTY-FIVE CENTS! SEVENTY-FIVE CENTS! Is what I’m kicking and screaming in my head. That’s all she had to give me back, that’s it. I don’t understand why this young, poor girl could not figure this out. I don’t understand why she got so flustered that “I” had to tell her how much change I should get back in order to get the correct amount of change back. Lucky for her, I was a patient and honest customer, otherwise her cash register would have been short at the end of the night. Meanwhile, her manager is just standing there and does absolutely nothing about it. Can you not see that your cashier cannot do math…why a well-known retail store like TJMaxx would hire someone so incompetent to handle their financial transactions beats me. Is basic arithmetic not one of the job requirements? Do you not verify this before hiring them as your cashier? Don’t get me wrong I believe everyone deserves a chance, but like I stated before not everyone is an honest person. The next customer in line may be the one to take advantage of her.

Since my curiosity would not leave me alone, I decided to look up what qualifications were required to work as a store associate or merchandise associate as they title it, at TJMaxx…and this is what I found:

Responsibilities: • Role models established customer experience practices with internal and external customers • Supports and embodies a positive store culture through honesty, integrity, and respect • Accurately rings customer purchases/returns and counts change back to customer according to established operating procedures • Promotes credit and loyalty programs during customer interactions and so much more…….

So its obviously one of the requirements, but how did she get hired? I don’t know, I don’t understand anything anymore. Maybe she was just having a bad day, maybe she found me so attractive that I made her nervous, who knows. What I do know is that TJMaxx needs to change their hiring process because there are many qualified individuals out there looking for work, who are better at math, with great customer service skills (ME), who cannot even land an interview. I hope they don’t make preferences over schedule flexibility and hire the individuals that have the most flexibility instead of the most qualified.

I am not sorry if you find my material offensive. This is merely insight to our world today and it needs to be said. This is a scenario that relates to many businesses, not just TJMaxx. I have seen it first-hand as an assisting manager. I would make suggestions as to who we should call in for an interview, based on both qualifications and flexibility. My supervisor on the other hand, was less worried about qualifications and more worried about schedule coverage.

Have you missed out on a job that you felt were qualified for because you lacked schedule flexibility? Only to find out that it was given to someone you know, less qualified? Have you ever been to a store, restaurant, or any place of business where you were taken back by an employee’s lack of skills? Share you story, it may help out the next reader behind you.