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One of the joys about my job is receiving emails from book club readers. You are a talented group of people. The emails you send to me have turned into much more than mere comments on the book or my column. You've actually started writing a Dear Reader Column back to me. What a treat! I write a daily column for you to read and you email one back to me.
Here's a perfect example. Beth sent me an email about last week's bathroom column.
From my Email Bag:
"Suzanne, I totally agree with you on your bathroom story. My husband and I went into our credit union (where we held several accounts already) to get a car loan. Everything was going well with the loan process until I had to use the bathroom fairly urgently. I politely asked the loan officer where their bathroom was and she told me that their bathrooms are not for public use. Shocked, I said that we had been sitting, working with her for over 30 minutes, so it was not like I came in off the street to 'abuse their resources'. Besides, I already held accounts with them and was in the process of setting up a significantly sized loan. She apologized and said that there were no exceptions. I thought a moment, then asked 'can you explain to me the difference between a bank and a credit union?'. She replied that at a credit union, the people own the place since we are all shareholders. With this, I got up and as I was walking towards their private bathroom, I told her that according to her, I am partial owner of that bathroom and will return to continue signing papers after I'm finished using the Shareholder's Facilities. (of course, my grand exit was slightly interrupted when I had to track down someone with a bathroom key). What IS this world coming to???
Keep of the great work, Suzanne!"--Beth Hall
If you missed the New York City Bathroom column you'll find it at:
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