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I don’t know if this is strictly a New York move but here it is anyway: when reaching for a paper at the newsstand you never take the top copy, but dig down the stack three or four copies for a fresh one. One that is still neat and compact.

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1 Chyll Will   ~  May 31, 2011 10:24 am

I do that, too. The newspaper on top almost always looks bedraggled or missing pages. That's why some of the proprietors come out and rearrange their stock every twenty minutes, so it looks fresh. It may be silly objectively, but in my mind if the presentation even looks dirty or messy, I'm not buying anything there.

2 Diane Firstman   ~  May 31, 2011 10:34 am

The top copy may also be street soot covered.

3 Alex Belth   ~  May 31, 2011 10:39 am

2) Yup! Just bad karma to get it. And the good news people will never give you the top copy. LOL

4 nettles   ~  May 31, 2011 12:07 pm

I've always done that too. But I've always considered myself a native New Yorker who somehow was born, raised and still resides in Portland. :-)

5 MSM35   ~  May 31, 2011 12:12 pm

We are the last of a dying breed. TNG will never have ink stained hands.

6 thelarmis   ~  May 31, 2011 12:46 pm

i always do that! and not just with newspapers. even items at the supermarket, and stuff...

7 BronxToCT   ~  May 31, 2011 1:07 pm

(6) Ditto! Did that with the Times for years before we started getting home delivery. Now I transfer that habit to milk and cereal cartons at the market (but there, I'm always also looking for the latest sell by date).

8 Alex Belth   ~  May 31, 2011 1:50 pm

7) That's classic. Yup, I still arrive at work each day with smudges on my fingers and face!

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