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Just before visiting Province Chinese Canteen in Tribeca today, I experienced one of the most exasperating Canal Street post office moments ever. There was actually no one in line, which I think never happened before at 11:45 am. But I had to wait four minutes because the clerk behind the window was busy talking to another clerk. At which point I went over and said apologetically: "I am so sorry to interrupt."
Clerk: What you need?
Bulldog: I'd like 50 two-cent stamps, please.
Clerk: I ain't go no 52¢ stamps.
Bulldog: I said fifty, five-zero, two-cent stamps please.
Clerk: Oh. (Clerk counts out 52 two-cent stamps.)
Bulldog: You are being too nice, let me give these two extra stamps back to you. (Hands over two stamps and one dollar.)
Clerk: But you said 52 two-cent stamps.
Bulldog: Have a nice day.
Then I noticed this weird flyer tacked up on the bulletin board at the head of the line titled WHY BUY STAMPS? Although it was typed, it was illiterate nonsense that mentioned a number of bizarre things, including a discussion of whether Moses might have used express mail when delivering the Ten Commandments. (Never mind whether theological discussions are pertinent to the sale of postage stamps.) So I asked the chatty clerk who had been speaking with the window clerk about this WHY BUY STAMPS?
Chatty: What are you talking about?
Bulldog: That display over there.
Chatty: What about it?
Bulldog: Who put it there?
Chatty: Why you asking?
Bulldog: Because it's the most illiternate thing I've ever seen in a post office. Looks like a second-grader wrote it. But that's just one guy's opinion.
Chatty: Have a nice day.
Bulldog: You too.
Did I mention the grilled chicken sandwich, srved on steamed mantou at Province is really great? Two for $7.50 (opening week price was two for $7). Hold the two-cent stamps.
canal street, chinese canteen, post office, province
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Posted on 9/8/2006
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