Overheard in Portland: The cheapest man in PDX

Overheard at Anna Banana’s, Alberta Street, between a cashier and a middle-aged man carrying a white shoe box. 

Sept. 9, 2013 – 2:00 p.m.


What can I get for you?

What time is it?

It’s 2 p.m.

Oh. Hmmmm. I just ate a little while ago. I don’t know if I want to make a purchase.

OK. That’s fine.

Do you have coffee though?

Yes, we have a dark roast. Small, medium or large.

Oh, can I just get a sample cup of that?

Um. I guess.

… And then he proceeds to approach a tableful of teenage girls who have just ordered food and asks if he can try something off one of the plates. My question to you, dear readers: Are “sample cups” and tastes off strangers’ plates really a thing or did this guy just score a free meal?


3 thoughts on “Overheard in Portland: The cheapest man in PDX

  1. Emilie says:

    1. WTF. Nasty. I am now judging those weirdos just as much as the cheapskate.
    2. Speaking of which, is your Anna Bannana’s as dirty as ours in St Johns? It gives me the heebie-jeebies.
    3. Taster cups are certainly a thing, with the expectation that you are then buying something. Though, I think it’s only a thing if you are tasting something unusual (like a new flavor in a gelato shop or a soup at a deli counter). Black coffee at Anna’s? Not so much.

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