Posted by Nate Goldman
on Saturday, February 22nd 2020:
In Reply to: Ebingers posted by Barb on Friday, February 7th 2020:
I'd like to state that I'm not knocking Ebinger's Bakery, as it was a good bakery. Unfortunately, some of the people who worked there were not the greatest. For example, there was an Ebingers bakery located on Avenue H, right next to the Avenue H subway station on the southwest corner. In 1968, I went into that bakerym and made a small purchase; I forgot what it was, but I distinctly remember that the amount was under $1.00. I gave the clerk a $1.00 bill, and immediately he stated in a not too friendly time "don't you have any change". I've never been able to understand the aversion that New Yorkers or Brooklynites have to making change, no matter how small the amount is. I shook my head no, and he became rude. When he gave me the small amount of change, (it was as if he had to give me his right arm), he rudely stated "this isn't a bank". I've had that occur at other establishments,in Brooklyn; no matter what denomination of bills one gives a clerk, they will always ask "got any change for me". One time, when I was at the Port Authority Bus Terminal, a clerk similar to the one at Ebingers stated the exact same thing to some poor guy, making a newspaper purchase ("this isn't a bank"). Another time at LaGuardia Airport, I again heard that stupid remark directed to some poor tourist, and the clerk became very hostile. He was so angry that when it was my turn to make a purchase he stated "I hope that you have change".
In the 48 years that I've lived in the Midwest, maybe three times I've been asked if I had any change, while making a retail purchase; however, it was always done in a courteous manner. I was very surprised the first few times, when I was living out of town, that merchants would always courteously and promptly give me change, no matter how large the denomination of the bill that I gave them, and no matter how small the purchase was. I was wondering if anyone can explain this cultural phenomenon vis-a-vis, the reluctance to giving change, and to giving people an argument about it. Incidentally, I never went back to that Ebingers.
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