I was standing outside with a buddy today when a short man walked over from his fruit stand.
"You stand here? I will be back in one minute. One minute."
"Okay," I said.
"Poor guy must have to pee," friend said.
So there we stood. No one stopped at first, and we were looking around for the little guy to return when a suited fellow picked up a banana and looked around for the owner. No sign of the fruit man, so I walked over and took his 75 cents for a banana and a nectarine.
Suddenly, everyone on the block wanted to buy fruit. In three minutes, I sold two pounds of cherries, another banana, two grapefruits and an apple -- $10 worth of fruit! (Not counting the tall guy who swiped a lychee.)
Behind the crowd, I saw the fruit guy running back to the stand. I was happy to see him, since he didn't give me any change and one of the cherry-buyers only had a $20.
But it was a fun New York moment! I'll keep it in mind as a back-up career.