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Old 02-25-2008, 11:02 AM   #16
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Old 02-25-2008, 11:03 AM   #17
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I have never had one. Are they good? (I love Taco Bell )
yes, they are the same as the Chalupa but the shell isn't fried. The Chalupa is just a fried Gordita Shell. Gorditas were around way before the Chalupa in Taco Bell.
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Old 02-25-2008, 11:03 AM   #18
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I don't think it is the same thing at all. I am sure this will sound snotty, but it is TACO BELL. Pick up your chalupa and hit the road. I only consider it condescension when a person in a position of power uses language to belittle someone else. Someone who asks "You want hot or fire sauce, Honey?" is in no position of power over me, especially if I am the customer.
Customer Service professionals ARE in a position of power which is why they THINK they can say to a customer. Whether it is intentional or not, there is an element of looking one's nose down when addressing a customer in this manner.
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Old 02-25-2008, 11:04 AM   #19
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Checking in as someone who will admit that I have been known to call people honey or sweetie. It is truly not meant to be insulting at all. I know for me - I am just trying to be friendly.

I have never had someone tell me they were offended or insulted by it, but I after reading this - I will work very hard not to do it at all.
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Old 02-25-2008, 11:05 AM   #20
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Customer Service professionals ARE in a position of power which is why they THINK they can say to a customer. Whether it is intentional or not, there is an element of looking one's nose down when addressing a customer in this manner.
Or maybe they think they're being nice?
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Old 02-25-2008, 11:06 AM   #21
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To those that were called Hun, we're you assuming they we using an abbreviated form of Honey, and not comparing you to the nomadic barbarians of the Asian steppe?

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Old 02-25-2008, 11:06 AM   #22
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Or maybe they think they're being nice?

Niceness aside, its still not professional (in the taco bell situation).
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Old 02-25-2008, 11:06 AM   #23
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I don't have a problem with it. It happens in my area all the time. But we're just your run of the mill country folks.

Here, it goes both ways. It's not just the clerk saying it. Here, the customer is just as likely to say, "Can I get BBQ sauce with that, Hon?" or "Hey, hon, you forgot the napkins."
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Old 02-25-2008, 11:09 AM   #24
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Customer Service professionals ARE in a position of power which is why they THINK they can say to a customer. Whether it is intentional or not, there is an element of looking one's nose down when addressing a customer in this manner.
See, I think this might be a regional thing. It's pretty common here and I'm sure it's not meant in a condescending way at all.

OP, I don't know what part of MD you are in but try getting through a meal anywhere near the city and NOT be called "hon"! Baltimore is kind of known for being Hon City. Do you remember awhile back when someone kept defacing the "Welcome to Baltimore" sign by adding "Hon" to the end of it? I think the powers that be finally gave up and let it stay.

For me, hon and sweetie are ok, especially if done by an older lady (don't think I've ever heard a man do that) but you better not call me babe!
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Old 02-25-2008, 11:09 AM   #25
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To those that were called Hun, we're you assuming they we using an abbreviated form of Honey, and not comparing you to the nomadic barbarians of the Asian steppe?

j/k
I suppose that depends upon which Taco Bell you frequent.
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Old 02-25-2008, 11:13 AM   #26
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There is a woman I work with who calls practically everyone "honey." I think it's annoying, but I also realize she doesn't even know she's doing it, it's like an automatic thing. She called me honey once and I asked her not to and I could tell she didn't even realize that she'd said it.
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Old 02-25-2008, 11:31 AM   #27
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I think it's very common in the South for older ladies to call people Honey. If they know you, you may even get a Baby or Sugar. For that matter, I catch myself using "honey" with DD8's little friends. Now if a man leered at me when he said it, that would be another matter. Unless it was Johnny Depp, Colin Firth, George Clooney, etc.
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Old 02-25-2008, 11:42 AM   #28
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I don't particularly like it, but I'd rather be called Honey than Maam.
Yeah, maam and Mrs. Lastname are my husband's mom.
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Old 02-25-2008, 11:52 AM   #29
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Having grown up in the south and living in Texas now, I will admit to calling people Honey, Sweetie, Sugar, And Baby (hanging my head in shame).
I am sorry if people find in offensive. I mean nothing derogatory by it. I guess I will try to limit it to family only. I am a nurse and all my patients are subjected to being called these names. As in " move right over here, honey".
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Old 02-25-2008, 12:14 PM   #30
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Count me in as another one who's completely is annoyed by it. I feel that it's totally condescending when a stranger refers to me as 'honey' or 'sweetie'. However, I don't get worked up if it's an old person. It's usually the early 20-something servers at restaurants that do this to me a lot and by the end of the meal I'm to the point of not wanting to leave a tip due to my annoyance at them. (Don't worry, I do leave a tip.. but the thought’s there to not.)

It is very disrespectful to refer to someone that you don’t even know in those terms. Normally, those terms are reserved for a significant other (which I don’t have a problem with if a boyfriend was to call me ‘honey’ or ‘sweetie’) or those terms are often used when speaking to children. So, if a stranger begins to refer to me as ‘honey’ then I feel that they are talking down to me as a child and as an adult, that’s disrespectful.
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