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Hired as a waitress at Comiskey Park, I sat in a training session with other new employees: vendors, porters, cashiers, and wait staff. A woman working for the Sox organization bounced to the front of the room and announced, "I'm Julie, and your participation will be important during the session. So let's get started." Eyeing a man in a baseball cap in the front row, she asked, "What's your name?"

"Melvin," he replied .

"And what are you going to do for our organization?"


Julie then handed him a piece of candy. She posed the same question to several more men and women and gave them each a piece of candy for their answers.

"Do you find this insulting?" I asked the man seated next to me.

"I don't know," he shrugged. "It looks like we're all going to get some."

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