Was I Wrong To Have Called Her By Her Name?

There’s an African Cuisine I always go to eat. I eat my pounded yam there every week.
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I’m friends to the young girl that serves me food. I think one of the reasons she likes me is because I don’t call her ‪#‎heeyyy‬ or ‪#‎siiiiiii‬ or ‪#‎thisGirl‬. I refer to her by her name. This she told me.
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Last week, I went there to find out she wasn’t there anymore. Her boss said her mother came to take her away without prior notice.
So she had to replace this young girl with a mature woman.
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First thing I did was ask of her name, which she was reluctant to tell me.
Then I told her my usual is pounded yam, but if I’m in a bad mood, I’d eat anything.
The bosslady told her I’m a regular there. She nodded and left.
While I sat there, other people came in. And all of them, kept calling her ‪#‎heeeyz‬ ‪#‎heeeey‬.
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So today I went there and found the place empty. I called the name she told me “Nsemeke”!!!
She came out frowning.
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She told me that I was supposed to call her Aunty Nsemeke. Why?
She said to show respect…
Really?
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I told her asking her of her name was me trying to be respectful and courteous as I won’t want to call her like a lost puppy. She flared up and murmured something about young girls of this generation been rude.
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Was I rude?
Was I wrong to have called her by her name?

Written by Nsikak Effiong, a contributor of Abel Abel. You can follow Nsikak on facebok, click here

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