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.