I work at a medium-size movie theater that's part of a large corporate chain. I've worked with this guy John in concessions since fall 2015.
John is a pretty nice guy, but he has a slow vocal pattern, to the point that everybody figured he had some kind of handicap.
I was told by another co-worker that he had told him that he had Asperger's syndrome, which is a high-functioning level of autism.
I worked with John for well over a year, believing that he had Asperger's Syndrome. Working with on a slow morning, I decided to strike up a conversation.
I said something like, "So, I remember that you don't like hugs or being touched by people.
That's like a symptom of your Asperger's syndrome, isn't it? I mean, you have Asperger's syndrome, right?"
John looked at me with a funny look, then said, "What? No."
I could have died of embarrassment right then and there. Luckily, John took it well, although he's now curious about who started the rumor.
It turns out that John's slow vocal pattern is a result of his ADD- his thoughts are so fast that he has a hard time vocalizing.
We wound up laughing about it, and I think it's hysterical that I believed a rumor about him for the past year.
Although yeah, it feels like gossip is just a huge part of working in a movie theater.