Clueing Stephen In

RECEIVED Fri., July 11, 2008

Dear Editor,
    I'm sure by now someone has explained to Stephen Moser (no one at the Chronicle clued him in?) that the reason he and his friend were refused sale at a head shop was not because the salesgirl was rude, but because his friend was being idiotically indiscreet [“After a Fashion,” July 11]. Using the correct “lingo” means avoiding references to illicit drugs rather than being expected to know the latest drug slang. Gems like this are the sole reason I occasionally scan “After a Fashion” when Moser exposes himself in hilariously embarrassing ways. Mr. Moser: Water pipes are sold, ostensibly, for the purpose of smoking tobacco, and if you're uncool enough to step into a head shop and ask for a “bong” or a “hitter,” you'll be refused sale and probably asked to leave. Or, uh, so I've been told.
Hugs not drugs,
Marcia Dunnewold
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