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One thing that's happened over the last 10 years or so is the decline of restaurants' offering coat-checking.  We had debates about this here a long time ago.  Me, I like being able to check my things

Adrian, it’s easier than opening a bank account.   I think once it’s accepted that we’re only talking about people so far off the grid that they can’t even get an over the counter debit card the as

No charge if you're someone like you.   Do you think someone could come in with no income, no assets, maybe not even a street address, and get an account with a free debit card?  What would there be

As for the "pegs on the walls" or customer coat rack, they scare me ****less. Back in the days, I wore a fabulous short black leather snap front 'biker jacket' to an event, hung it in the rack and returned to find it gone. The restaurant couldn't have cared less while someone was smugly sporting my treasure. Some decades later at a hip NY restaurant, I hung a puff coat in the rack, returned and put on my coat to find Kleenex in the pocket. I NEVER put Kleenex in my pocket! I found my identical coat and with relief found the keys to my private hotel. Stupid mistake. God knows what I'd have done had the other person gone home with my keys since there was no one at the desk until 6am.

Wow. Sometimes I forget to what extent I live in a high trust society.

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I have never found an under-the-counter hook that even my stingiest fedora would fit on.

Ergo clips.    Not sure what they do to brim edge...    You've seen them?     A push-button at the top that opens a clip/claw at the bottom?

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I'm in a tiny French restaurant in the Village.  There's a coat rack between my table and the table next to us.

 

The guy at the next table gets up, pulls a black wool coat from the rack, and puts it on.  I'm talking to my date and not really paying attention.  Suddenly, I hear him exclaim:

 

GUY:  This isn't my glove!

 

[He's holding a glove that's recognizably mine.]

 

ME:  That's my glove.

 

[Guy pulls matching glove from other coat pocket and gives them to me.]

 

GUY:  That's weird.

 

ME:  That's my coat.

 

GUY:  No, it's my coat.  I hung it here.

 

ME:  How do you think my gloves got into your pockets?

 

[Guy ignores that.  But when he tries to button the coat, he can't:  it doesn't fit.]

 

GUY:  Hey!  This isn't my coat!

 

[Guy hangs coat back on rack.  Takes other black wool coat from rack, puts it on -- it fits! -- and leaves.]

 

GUY [mumbling, on way out]:  Sorry.

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I have told this story before.. I was in Montreal at a fancy restaurant.. I had a cashmere burberry scarf someone had purchased for me.. I was young, i didn't know the price of any of these things.. I had even checked it with the coat room. The restaurant loses my scarf, the manager tells me to send him a receipt and they will replace it.. I send him the receipt from the gift giver.. It's a few hundred dollars, the manager was like, well, i am not going to pay for this... It was the next day and I was standing in the restaurant.. I was kind of pissed as it wasn't the principal as he already admitted he was at fault.. It was now the price.. Where he stopped being responsible at a certain price.. I asked for the wine list and got like a 400 dollar bottle of wine off the list.. He gave it to me. We drank it 10  years later. 

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I have never found an under-the-counter hook that even my stingiest fedora would fit on.

Ergo clips.    Not sure what they do to brim edge...    You've seen them?     A push-button at the top that opens a clip/claw at the bottom?

 

 

Not so much of an nyc thing. Maybe because of the tearing liability. 

 

Speaking of which, isn't a huge pile of coats on a rickety stand or on a few wall hangers an essential part of winter bistro dining in Paris? 

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That's why restaurants need an on-site tailor.

 

Many, many, yeas ago in the then-best Parioli Romanissimo, I was forced to wear a house-owned ascot because I wasn't wearing a tie (even though I was wearing a sport coat and vest).

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