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By Parker

During a quick stop at Twin Value on Thursday night, I watched as the new weekly special posters were hung in the windows.

Now, despite the fact that everyone eats, most supermarkets work on slim profit margins. So, when I saw one poster offering seniors a 50% discount on Wednesday’s, I was certain it was a typographical error.

Last night, I couldn’t stop thinking about the underground economy a 50% senior citizen discount might create.  Would non-seniors offer their elderly neighbors money to shop for them on Wednesdays, like the teenager outside a 7-11 offering money to strangers to buy them beer?  Would the white-haired ladies sitting on the benches outside Portofino yell, “hey, sonny, give me 20 and I’ll save you 50” to potential clients?  A 50% senior discount would shift the Forest Hills power structure.  Your kind elderly neighbor would have a much easier time convincing you to, “sit and have another cup of tea while we look at these pictures of my grandchildren”, when she’s threatening to withhold that sweet, steep senior discount.

This morning, camera in hand, I was ready to take a picture of the poster that would surely bring chaos to Forest Hills on Wednesdays.  Unfortunately, someone noticed the mistake and hastily reduced the discount by 45% – talk about a quick downturn in the local economy!

At least the cantaloupes are still on sale.

  1. JCA
    August 22, 2010 at 12:29 PM

    Stay out of there on Wednesdays!! These seniors are N.A.S.T.Y.!!! Make my M-I-L look sweet…as they run you over with their carts and walkers, yelling at everyone the entire time.
    I don’t know how the employees deal with this and not become alcoholics. When it was TradeFair, I needed a Margarita just to get a gallon of milk…and that was only because I didn’t have time to hit C-Town or Natural.

  2. JCA
    August 27, 2010 at 8:02 AM

    Only in NY? Passing the store soon after the discount error correction, I overheard 2 elderly neighborhood ‘delights’ declaring to the manager how they would soon have their lawyer (my son, the loi-yuh) investigating how they could get the originally posted discount, yada, yada, yada… I threw him a sympathetic look and RAN the other way.
    Thinking back on it, perhaps I could make a lot of moolah suing public nuisances. Just wait outside any establishment in our neighborhood with a large Access-A-Ride van and a loi-yuh and cart them away to court…

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