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"Sorry to disappoint" is Clutch magazine writer Shayla Pierce's message to those who expect her to be sassy or combative.

Excuse me, but there seems to be a little something in my soup,” I said and pointed at the critter swimming inside the bowl …

Mr. Waiter tightened his lips and stuck his hands on his hips, a move that's frustration was only rivaled by the brightening of his cheeks. "I didn't know that was in there," he said in a tone that was way more defensive than it was apologetic.

I raised an eyebrow, ignored that remark, and told the man and his flushed face that I'd like another bowl of soup.

"OK, just calm down," the waiter said and put his hands up in front of him as if that would be enough to protect him if I really went as crazy as he expected.

I know some people expect me to be sassy or combative, and they react accordingly before I even have the opportunity to prove otherwise. Sorry to be disappointing, but I'm just not the Angry Black Woman they are anticipating.


Read Shayla Pierce's entire piece at Clutch magazine.

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