Small Talk

Small talk: Clothes, bosses, affairs

Marketplace Contributor Jan 15, 2010
Small Talk

Small talk: Clothes, bosses, affairs

Marketplace Contributor Jan 15, 2010


KAI RYSSDAL: This final note on a Friday of a long holiday weekend. What better time to ditch the headlines and catch up with what else has been going on. Courtesy of Brendan Newnam, Rico Gagliano and the Marketplace staff.

Brendan Newnam: Betsy Streisand, senior editor of Marketplace, what story are you going to be talking about this weekend?

Betsy Streisand: I’m going to be talking about how New York City threw away tons of counterfeit designer clothes. They shredded them.

Newnam: So these are clothes that the New York Police Department confiscated from people?

Streisand: Yeah.

Newnam: Being destroyed instead of given to people who need them.

Streisand: Yeah, and they don’t stop there. They actually burn them.

Newnam: So you mean that’s not real Louis Vuitton smoke wafting over New York?

Streisand: No. But New Yorkers can tell the difference.

Rico Gagliano: Jeremy Hobson, New York reporter, what story are you going to talking about this weekend?

Jeremy Hobson: Well Rico, there’s some research out of the UK that says that the best thing you can do to improve the stress level at the workplace is to tell your boss what you really think of him.

Gagliano So telling your boss off is good for your health?

Hobson: Yes. Now, there is no data here on how many people were fired after doing this.

Gagliano: Right, stress-free desperately unemployed people.

Newnam: Stacey Vanek-Smith, senior reporter at Marketplace, what story are going to be talking about this weekend?

Stacey Vanek-Smith: Well a government official in northern Ireland, because his wife was having an affair.

Newnam: Oh no, not Tiger Woods again.

Vanek-Smith: No, but her lover was 19 years old and her name is Mrs. Robinson, so it’s caused this huge push on Facebook to move the song Mrs. Robinson to the top of the British pop charts.

Newnam: Well, I’ve heard of the Celtic tiger, but I guess they have cougars.

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