So I go into Pioneer last night, Saturday. Different manager than usual. So just to keep the game interesting, I walk up to him as I'm leaving with a couple items and I say "hey, you and Associated around the corner on Flatbush have the same owners?" Beat one. Beat two. "No. Who told you that?" "Lotsa people. Seems it's true. Why would say otherwise?" This is not Hector by the way. Another guy. One you see on Hector's night off. He looks up at the money window. Looks back at me. Shrugs. I say "why don't you guys just tell the truth? Why would you deceive your loyal customers? It's not like we care. I for one am not going to stop shopping here because you're owned by the same people. I just don't like being lied to, and it's a matter of public record that you're owned by the same company. Actually, I don't think any of your customers would appreciate being lied to." One of the cashiers is hiding a laugh. Now the manager is turning red. I ask if I can talk to someone upstairs. He says no, they're busy. I look up. I swear to god, the guy is picking his nose, looking the other way, probably not hearing a word we're saying.
Should I just let it go? I mean...what's going on?
The Q at Parkside
News and Nonsense from the Brooklyn neighborhood of Lefferts and environs, or more specifically a neighborhood once known as Melrose Park. Sometimes called Lefferts Gardens. Or Prospect-Lefferts Gardens. Or PLG. Or North Flatbush. Or Caledonia (west of Ocean). Or West Pigtown. Across From Park Slope. Under Crown Heights. Near Drummer's Grove. The Side of the Park With the McDonalds. Jackie Robinson Town. Home of Lefferts Manor. West Wingate. Near Kings County Hospital. Or if you're coming from the airport in taxi, maybe just Flatbush is best.