Law Religion Culture Review

Exploring the intersections of law, religion and culture. Copyright by Richard J. Radcliffe. All rights reserved.

Wednesday, September 06, 2006


My hometown, Newport Coast, California, likes to exclude the unsavory.

For example, one will search in vain for a gas station or a fast-food establishment.

Its exclusionary techniques recently were found lacking, however.

While at a local fine eatery, with prices approaching $30 per entree, I observed a fellow and his wife waiting to be seated. The front desk offered afterdinner mints or hard candies that probably priced out at 37 cents a metric ton.

Evidently thinking they would even the score, this "Bonnie and Clyde" tandem scooped dozens--not once but twice--of these cheap candies into the wife's cavernous bag. Before their meal.

Folks, if free hard candies appeal to you in that volume, you might want to look for another restaurant--one with an outdoor speaker, a drive-through and perhaps a clown.