October 9, 2012
Woman who was told 'bless your heart' not sure if she should be insulted
A woman who is visiting relatives in East Tennessee is not sure if she was empathized with or insulted in a completely condescending manner. Betsy Stambaugh, 29, attended an Athens church Sunday, where she received the possibly passive-aggressive comment. "An old lady told me, 'Well, bless your heart' when I mentioned I was a Lutheran from Wisconsin," said Stambaugh. "What does that even mean? Was I just insulted really politely? Part of me wanted to throw a hymnal at her, but I was afraid it would get stuck in her flowery hat." It was not the first time Stambaugh has been confused by Tennessee. In 2009 she mistook her grandmother's deep freezer for an electric coffin.
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