Sugar and Spice and Everything Nice

Stop me if you’ve heard this one, a he/she (a paragon of mental health) goes into a store…

He/She twists off

Prima facie evidence that he’s still a dude. The clerk is is in a no win situation. The clerk has to make a best guess as to how to address this freak. The freak should be generous enough to give the clerk one swing at the gender sweepstakes. After being corrected, in the interests of self preservation, the clerk can then use the preferred pronoun.

In this instance, the clerk wasn’t given the chance. The clerk was justified in using a gender neutral form of address, “Hey, asshole!”