Rodney Dangerfield, my Thursday night nemesis walks into the store, checks his subscription folder and approaches the counter. “I see some people subscribe to three or four different titles a month. Where do they get the money?”
RD: “Where? Goldmines?”
I relate this story to fellow annoyed retail employee, Hank, and he asks “Does he wear a hat?”
"A fedora. A black fedora."
Even though we are conversing via The Internet, I still her Hank sigh. ” You should question his hat habit. For real. The next time, and there will be a next time, he tries to set up that exact joke, just offer something, like, ‘well, not all of my customers invest so richly in their chapeau.’ and then wink at him like you are best friends sharing an old tale. And then squint at him, like he wears a fedora indoors.”