The Nice Man Cometh

If there’s one thing people say about me it’s that I’m a really really really nice guy. Sometimes I tire of the compliment, but when people are right, they’re right. So, one of the many many nice things that I do (really there’s far too many to count) is to always take a flyer from the gloved corner-vagrants who plague our city streets. They get paid to pass out their stacks of fluorescent flyers, typically from the establishment they’re promoting. So even though I have absolutely no desire to read about exclamatory cell phone deals or rec-center comedy shows I always take a flyer from them (because they get paid by how many flyers they hand out) and I soon throw it in the nearest trashcan. After yesterday however, never again.

Walking home in the UES I see some snaggle-toothed, eastern bloc teenage girl passing out flyers so I take one from her and throw it in the nearest trashcan. She yells at me from behind, “well, why did you take one then asshole?” Whoa, I thought, the mouth on this one. I said, “I’m sorry, I thought you got paid to pass em out.” This was met with a ghetto head-cocking “it’s fucking for my mom’s fucking store.” The language! “You blow your school’s janitor with that mouth?” I thought, but didn’t say. I repeated that I was sorry and if she wanted to, the flyer was still on top of the trashcan unscathed. “Fuck off!” she yelled.

Fucking kids these days.

2 Comments so far

  1. Art (unregistered) on March 6th, 2006 @ 4:22 pm

    I don’t think they get paid based on how many flyers they hand out. What would prevent them from just trashing all the flyers and saying they distributed all of them? I think they get paid either by hour or based on how many of their flyers with their referral code make it to whatever business in the hands of a customer.


  2. Anna (unregistered) on March 7th, 2006 @ 10:37 am

    the sensible art lowe, offering helpful information all over the city but won’t come have a drink with us. tsk tsk tsk.

    yes. i hate the flyer people.



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