But when a person you've known for years, or a co-worker you worked with for months; or in some cases, a person you met first time, all of a sudden, says to you: "You have accent!" "I don't understand your accent!" In this case, it is a direct reference to your identity. And it may mean one or all of the following:
1. 'You are not one of us!'
2. 'Remember you're a foreigner.'
3. 'How on earth you dare to tell me this.' (Although he/she clearly understands that what you said was right/true).
4. "I would rather prefer to hear it from someone else."
You: "What can I help you?"
Albert: "I want Sudafed."
You: "May I see your ID please?"
Albert: "Why do you need ID. It's just a Sudafed!"
You: "It is the State Law."
Albert: "I don't understand what you are saying."
You: "I said the State requires ID in order to buy a Sudafed."
Albert: "You have accent!" "I don't know what you're talking about." And he walked away.