May 3, 2009

Cheap 'Cause They're Stolen

In today's New York Times Metropolitan Diary Column:


Visiting New York City a few years ago, I was walking down Avenue of the Americas in the 50s when I noticed a man selling watches out of a briefcase atop a garbage can. About eight people were eyeing the watches, a typical sight on these streets.

One potential customer asked, “How can you sell these so cheaply?”

The man answered, “They’re stolen, stupid!”

Richard Hofrichter