Dec 24, 2003
What Would Harris Teeter Do?
Durham Food Co-op
photo source: Citysearch.com
It's not every day that you see people begging for food. Inside your grocery store. But it's not every day that you shop at the Durham Food Co-op, now is it?
On a visit to the Co-op, you're guaranteed at least one conversation with a fellow customer or the staff. This Sunday, I got a bonus three-way with the Co-op Guy at the register and a fellow customer aka the Bookstore Lady (because I always see her at her store). We were talking about Rite of Spring (blasting in all its modernity from the Co-op CD player), and the Co-op guy was explaining that this particular recording was the absolute best.
Around this time, Bookstore Lady approached the Panhandler Guy who had returned to the store after a quick trip outside to talk with a departing customer (who I'll call Church Dude, because he was wearing a necktie on Sunday at noon):
Bookstore Lady: What do you want?
Panhandler Guy: Huh?
Bookstore Lady: I saw you were talking to that guy outside [aka Church Dude]. Do you want something?
Panhandler Guy: I'd be wanting some hot coffee.
Bookstore Lady: Well they don't have that here. How about some food?
They settled on a brick of cheese, which the Bookstore Lady added to her pile on the counter. The Co-op Guy decided it was time to address the Panhandler Guy, directly.
Co-op Guy: You're doin' good today, Bill. Seems like one out of every three people's buying you something to eat.
Panhandler Guy: It's that time of year. You know, people pullin' together.
Bookstore Lady: Yep.