Tuesday, July 14, 2020
Miles from the Mainstream
D. R. ZUKERMAN, proprietor

Two Random Acts of Kindness Dep't.

March 5, 2020 --

LPR's proprietor lost his senior citizen reduced fare last month and arranged to have it replaced. The new card came with a letter MetroCard Manager Michael Desouza thanking me for notifying the MTA of my lost card and making sure that I had the right amount of credit left on the card.   

Manager Desouza's note ended with the assurance that "the concerns of our customers" are taken "very seriously" and apologized for any convenience to me --- notwithstanding that any inconvenience was caused by my negligence.   

Manager Desouza, clearly acting in the populist spirit of Federalist No. 57, should definitely be considered for an MTA promotion, if not our next mayor of NYC.

There aren't too many movie theaters left in the five boroughs.  One of the remaining theaters is Cinema Village at 22 East 12th Street in Manhattan.  Googling for a Manhattan theater where "Joker" was still playing, up came Cinema Village, with an email address.   I sent an email asking about a 1 p.m. showing, March 1, not really expecting a reply.  Was I wrong.

The theater answered in 11 minutes, advising me that there was only a 7.30 p.m. show, March 1, but that there might be a March 6 showing. 

I decided to take no chances and went to the March 1 screening. On March 2,  I found another email from Cinema Village informing me that the theater's last showing of "Joker" would be Thursday (March 5). That kind of courtesy, I think, is very good for business, indeed.