I laughed out loud when Mark Davis told the following story on his WBAP radio program. While shopping he walked down the aisle shared by Halloween costumes and candy. He spotted the particular candy for which he was searching behind a worker who was evidently in the Halloween spirit as she was dressed up with a pirate patch on one eye.
“Arrrr, I need me some of that pirate candy behind ye matey,” he said in his best pirate voice.
As she turned to look him in the “eye” he saw the look on her face and immediately knew he had assumed too much. She wasn’t dressed up as a pirate for Halloween. It turned out that she had an auto-immune disease that was attacking one of her eyes.
So, laugh and learn. Make sure that it is a pirate costume before performing your best pirate imitation for a person with an eye patch. Make sure that it is a witch costume before quoting “bubble, bubble, toil and trouble” for that lady with the giant wart on her nose. Make sure that it is fake vampire fangs rather than someone who hasn’t been to the orthodontist in awhile.