Friday, December 16, 2011

Overheard at Key Food

Simon1961 sends in this report from Avenue A.



Signs of the East Village times: A generic hipster guy with bum fluff beard, $2 plaid shirt and $450 librarian-style glasses frames charging a 6 pack of Pabst Blue Ribbon and a bottle of supermarket wine to his credit card (!) and a woman one checkout over buying toilet paper yelling “You gonna fucking charge me sales tax? I’m from the Bronx; we don’t do no sales tax shit, t'fuck is this?”

I then walked out of the supermarket to hear someone say "Man, that hot tub was *amazing*!"


More overheard by guests:
Mars Invasion
B&H Pizza Bagel

25 comments:

Bronx Briner Gal said...

I also regularly shop at Key Food in the Bronx. I am not a hipster. I try to buy toilet paper at the dollar store or wherever I can get it cheapest. Key Food in the Bronx charges sales tax on toilet paper. I know. I just bought a roll of Scotts, a couple of crappy tomatoes and a quart of skim milk. She lies.

EV Grieve said...

At least he also wasn't on his phone telling how much he paid for his National tickets on StubHub and about the loft party he was going to later at a loft in the southwest part of northeastern Bushwick where Nick Zinner was gonna DJ.

abrod said...

...except he's "over it" cause he listened to Nick Zinner when he was still indie, and now he's "mainstream."

Melanie said...

This Key Food Store has gotten alot more upscale of late and more expensive.

Ken Mac said...

I love the sounds of our city, whatever they are.

Anonymous said...

THE RULE: Privileged people are bad. Poor people are good (except if they are white). Dressing poor when you have money is hypocrisy. Change is bad. Old is good. NEVER DEVIATE.

Marty Wombacher said...

Charging a six pack of Pabst on a credit card should be against the law!

Jeremiah Moss said...

i've seen people put $3.00 cups of coffee on their credit cards. !!!

dmbream said...

"Is this toilet paper local?"

Brendan said...

It's possible that the guy thought he had the cash and realized at the checkout line that he didn't. It happens. This is not a moral failure, you know?

"Poor people are good (except if they are white)."

If anything, this blog has the opposite problem. It often seems like the white working class is valorized, but people of color (the majority of the city!) are invisible. I'm not trying to be inflammatory and I definitely don't think it's intentional. Just something I've noticed.

esquared said...

And that's only at Key Food. You should overhear the stuff one says and see the purchases that one charges at Whole Foods. They pretty much charge anything or everything to their mommy and daddy's or their start-ups investor's credit cards.

EV Grieve said...

My toilet paper is farm to table.

Crazy Eddie said...

Real men use their left hand.

LvV said...

Come to Associated on 14th St. We roll our eyes at people who charge their PBR and Fruit-Roll Ups.

glamma said...

the most appaling part is that someone not only purchased but actually intended to imbibe supermarket wine.
t'f*ck is that about!

Caleo said...

Ahhh... PBR and Fruit Roll Ups. A devastating combo.
And Brendan, let me guess... you have a degree in Critical White Studies, or Post Structuralist Whiteness, or Deconstructed Crackerness ?

Anonymous said...

I'm curious that anyone thinks of the EV as having any hipster element at all what with the invasion of uber jock mooks and mookettes from NYU 24/7 and their weekend B&T cousins. This place is beat. Even junkies were better. - Malcontent

Anonymous said...

I have read all these comments and can't understand why charging something (no matter how small or cheap) to a card is bad? What am I missing here? Who the fuck cares? I charge everything I can so I can see what I am spending....insight would be appreciated.

Tim said...

Why on earth would anyone drink PBR when they sell Miller Light just about everywhere these days?

Brendan said...

Guess again.

There is just something off about going to Corona only to write about the Lemon Ice King, or to Sunset Park only to hear Paul Auster talk, is all I'm saying. I think it became clear to me when J was quoted in that awful Voice article complaining that the hated suburbanites are bringing barbecues to New York. Barbecues! Dude needs to spend some summer nights uptown.

chris flash said...

Last Thursday, around midnight, I overheard two 20-something drunken yuppie dip shits talking about their respective wealth. Yuppie scum #1 bragged about working as an investment banker making loads of dough. Yuppie scum #2 said he had worked at Citibank once and then he rambled off his holdings, which included a coal mine in the Phillipines. Where were these guys? On line at Mamoun's on Saint Marx, buying $2.000 falafels!!

bennyg said...

Wow thats crazy. The other day in mott haven I saw a bearded guy with a fedora shopping at the discount store.

Anonymous said...

ugh, i can't wait until poor people are completely out of manhattan. i love how everything is turning to glamorous and chic so obviously poor people need to leave because they aren't wanted.

Melanie said...

@EVG--my toilet paper is from farm to table too--lol--great one Grieve.

esquared said...

Well, apparently, paying cash is now a terrorist trait

http://www.disinfo.com/2012/03/fbi-urges-coffee-shops-to-report-cash-paying-customers-to-authorities/