In Other Parts of the Country, the Vendor Might Say, “I’m Sorry, Sir, but I Have No Camel Lights Today”

Black guy: Cold water! Cold water! One dollar. One dollar! Newports — five dollars! Get the special: Newports and ice‐cold water! Six dollars! Six dollars!
White guy: Do you have Camel Lights?
Black guy: Get the fuck out of here!
White guy: Well, then just a bottle of water, please.

–Broadway & Gates, Brooklyn

Overheard by: Peter