What to say when someone is being an asshole

“If I had known you would become pregnant, I wouldn’t have invested in your company.”

This is what an investor said to Michelle Crosby, Founder/CEO of WeVorce.

Her response: “What do you mean?”

Immediately the investor realized what he said and apologized for being an asshole.

That was one of the interesting stories from the YC Female Founders conference I went to today.

An hour after leaving the conference, I hopped on a phone call for work. This guy was describing to me what a pain his new employees were, bickering with each other. He told them to “stop behaving like a bunch of women” and then kept rambling to me.

I stopped him and said: “So you said that your employees are behaving like a bunch of women. What do you mean?”

Immediately he apologized, said it was the wrong choice of words, and said he meant to say “stop behaving like a bunch of children.”

Haha. What a magic phrase: “What do you mean?”
Next time someone is being an asshole, try it out


3 Responses to “What to say when someone is being an asshole”

  1. Artem March 4, 2014 at 5:29 am #

    I’m sorry but what’s wrong saying to men “stop behaving like a bunch of women” if they really do behave like this. And I mean here too much emotions and logics that men don’t always understand.

  2. Uche Alolo April 10, 2014 at 11:29 pm #

    I LOVE THAT! I usually get stuck and then pissed off at assholes. But this is “real simple”.

  3. Emma April 23, 2014 at 2:38 pm #

    Oh I will definitely be using that one….So simple.

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