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I'm A Sucker [Jul. 29th, 2007|12:41 am]
Kelly J. Cooper
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I'm a sucker for kids selling snacks on the sidewalk.

Cookies, weak lemonade from a mix, fruit juice, whatever, odds are good that I'll buy it.

I just love their wide eyes (with fear or the joy of money, I'm never sure) and nervous ways, not to mention the care they take with the money and their nascent customer service skills.

Saturday I had a damn fine watermelon slushie from a pair of kids (a girl and a boy) sitting outside of the Lexington Street Playground. They had four buckets of tasty store-bought slushie goodness in a cooler, an ice cream scoop, a card table, a stack of small ice-cream style cups, and a box of those spoon-straws. They even had an empty slushie bucket labeled TIPS. That probably would've worked better if it'd been open - or had a slot cut in the top. Certainly it was worth the dollar I paid, because it was not only tasty, but they clearly had significant outlay costs to cover before they could make a profit.


[User Picture]From: egwenna
2007-07-29 08:49 am (UTC)
The kids in my neighborhood frequently have little stands. Since one set is responsible for constantly ringing (my now unplugged) doorbell, I prefer to go up the street to the others. But the Doorbell Ringers also sell art sometimes and my husband's brought that home a few times. It is cute to see how earnest they are, and how excited they get when they realize you're going to stop.
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[User Picture]From: kjc
2007-07-29 07:24 pm (UTC)
Yikes. That's some kinda persistence when you've gotta unplug the doorbell!

Yes! Earnest! That's the word.

I love the little boogers.

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[User Picture]From: egwenna
2007-07-29 08:52 pm (UTC)
They're so bad ALL of the neighbors comment on them negatively - in almost any casual conversation. I think it's the one girl who sets the tone and she needs a serious smack upside the head.

The others are cute though. :-)
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