Friday, April 23, 2010

Petty Crime

On a warm night, a guy walks into the San Loco on Second Avenue. Very nonchalant and reeking of alcohol. He grabs the tip jar and walks out with it, slowly, casually, into the East Village air.

The taco cashier yells, "Hey, what are you doing?"

But there is only 75 cents in the jar, so it's not worth breaking a sweat.

"75 cents!" the cashier yells, "I hope that helps you out. Asshole."

Another sign of the bad old days' return?


EV Grieve said...

Big tippers at San Loco!

Anyway, bad old days? No. Because I later saw this same guy walk into 16 Handles and causally walk behind the counter where he filled up the now empty tip jar with the Nutty Buzzer (Coffee + Caramel + Heath + Peanuts) and walk out. He ate it in front of the St. Mark's Church then tossed the jar on the ground three inches from the trash can.

And I sort of wish that was true.

Jeremiah Moss said...

Nutty Buzzer? is that your favorite 16 Handles flavor combo, by any chance?

Anonymous said...

75 cents! I'll be sure to tip a dollar next time I get a burrito grande.

cityofstrangers said...


It's creeping in here and there, though given how bad the recession has hit certain people - I heard last week NYC has the greatest gap between rich and poor in the nation - it's amazing it hasn't come back more.

I was however in Lucy's last fall, early around six when hardly anyone was around and a guy came in and swiped ten bucks off from a girl sitting down the counter. Me, Lucy and someone else went out, but he was gone, long gone. I think Lucy gave the girl a drink, but we were joking it was the beginning of the bad old days. But it ain't happened quite yet . ..


SP said...

Really atmospheric little post. I just stumbled across your site but like it a lot... Will be back soon!

Jeff said...

Ha ha! A friend of mine passed this site and article along to me. I was said "taco cashier" that evening. I've been hit before at both the 2nd Ave store as well as the Ave A store so I know to empty my tip jar periodically through out the night. I dont leave anything more than a couple bucks in there just so I dont get ripped off too hard. Those tips are what I live off of during the week. The paycheck is for bills.

Jeremiah Moss said...

jeff, next time i'll tip better!

3 Fingers Brown said...

Since when did counter service warrant a tip anyway?