Monday, July 13, 2009


I was one of those people that rushed after motzei shabbos to the nearest 7-11 to get my hard earned free Slurpee. The first place I went to I was looking around for the seven point 11 ounce cups, but they were nowhere to be found. I decided to go to the front counter and then I remembered I was Jewish. I was thinking how would it look if a Jewish person walks up and says "Hey you got any free Slurpee's?", but then I did it so I didn't have to think about what would happen if I did. The cashier register/ guy at the counter said "nuh..... uh uh" as he tried forcing the half words out of his mouth. I took the impression he was lying, but I didn't want to argue with him for two reasons, 1 because he just said nu..... uh uh which means no and two because what if he really wasn't lying and I argued how cheap would I look, so I left.

I headed to another one close by, which did have free ones, and you had to get them at the counter. I felt weird asking again, because well I'm Jewish and I don't like being categorized as cheap, in fact I go so far not to be called cheap that when ever they give me back change I always tell them to keep the pennies or I put most of the change in the tip box. I asked anyway, and the guy said "who told you that?" and then he laughed and handed me one (he didn't laugh because hes a racist, it wasn't offensive).

Now if there's anything that can ruin getting free Slurpee's its this. I hate having to go up there and ask, why cant they just put it out like all the other cups and everyone will take it and not feel cheap, or have a massive sign outside that says "FREE SLURPEE DAY, GET YOUR 7.11 OUNCE CUPS HERE!!!" that way I don't feel cheap. I have had many occasions in 7-11 where I ran into the cheap Jew stereotype, written about here and here, and that is why I officially hate 7-11 employees and their management. Any questions?

10 people gave their 2 cents:

Proud MO said...

I don't think you'd be seen as cheap. Lots of non-Jews go in there also for the Slurpees. If he looks at you as cheap, chances are he had that idea already before.

Mikeinmidwood said...

Proud MO

I guess youre right, but it feels like they think Im cheap.

frum single female said...

i hear what you are saying.

Frum and Rational said...

I've only been in 7-11 once on July 11, and it was a total zoo; the manager was totally loosing his cool and started yelling when someone spilled some slurpy.

Ookamikun said...

I'm cheap and proud of it. I will argue with the cashier and call the manager if they try to screw me over on a sale. And then I will post about just to screw them even more.

Why did you even ask? If it's free, take it and go. If it's behind the counter or something, if the guy tries to charge you, just tell him "it's free".

Mikeinmidwood said...

Frum And Rational

Sometimes the one on ave. M in brooklyn has cops regulating who can come in.


Dude you cant just take it and go, he has to hand it to you; otherwise, you seem rude.

kabbalahman said...

i rember that night and it was i who asked

Ookamikun said...

I am rude. :-P

Jewish Side of Babysitter said...

I saw the title and it reminded me of one of your beginning posts, with the guy at 7/11 giving you the wrong amount of change or something.

I've actually only gone to 7/11 once a really long time ago, too long to remember.

But there's really nothing wrong with getting something free, it doesn't make you cheap. Everyone likes a good deal, no matter who you are!

Although, it's just my thing not to bargain, because I don't want to be a nudge. But if something is free anyways, I wouldn't feel cheap to ask for it.

One time my family went to some Kosher Krispe Cream place, and they were giving out free doughnuts straight out of the oven. We were like the only ones there, we happened upon the place just to get something to eat, we didn't know they were giving out free ones, and they gave us like two dozen doughnuts, it's a shame most of us were Fleishigs at the time so we couldn't eat it till we got home later. But I didn't feel cheap accepting them.

Mikeinmidwood said...


I was the one who asked the first time, you asked the second.


I know

Ex Babysitter

I was just making a suggestion that it should be more available without having to (almost) look cheap.