NYC, Carnegie Deli & Me
Shortly after I graduated from college I moved to New York City. I knew I was going to move to New York when I was fifteen years old, I was an actor and New York was where I had to be. My first job was at the Carnegie Deli: I was hired as a cashier by its famous owner Leo Steiner, who was featured in Woody Allen’s film, “Broadway Danny Rose.”
My first day on the job was a Saturday. I stood at the register from 8:30am to 5:00pm and at the end of my shift Leo counted the cash in my drawer to make sure the receipts matched the money. After he finished counting he told me it was perfect. I had rung up over $22,000 in the eight hours and I was not a dime short.
He was paying me $4.75 an hour, so when he told me my drawer was perfect I asked him for a twenty-five cent raise to make it an even $5.00. Leo told me he couldn’t afford it.
I never did get the raise but I did get the story, this story and many more. One day after leaving work, I found a young elephant swimming in the Lake in Central Park, but that’s a tale for another time. ©Excerpt from “The Almost True Tales, Thoughts & Observations of a Life Long Black Sheep Rebel Girl”
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