Department Stories: Scatter My Ashes At Bergdorf's

http://youtu.be/m_tlLasDH3A Last weekend I watched Scatter My Ashes at Bergdorf's, a fun (and funny!) account of the famous shopping institution and its history. There was a moment in the film that especially charmed me, when Andrew Goodman recounted a story about his grandfather, also named Andrew, who was on the sales floor when someone he described as a "bag lady" walked in.

“He was trying to be very polite as everyone here always is,” Goodman recalls in the film. “As she started to touch the fur, she said, ‘I really want to buy it.’ ” She asked the price of the coat—$8,000, which by today's standards would be about $250,000. Not exactly an impulse buy for almost anyone, really, but the bag lady opened her bag and reached in....“She started pulling cash out of her bag and bought the sable coat,” said Goodman, who went on to explain the point of his story: "Never judge a book by its cover. And you never know. A bag could be full of money.”

The story was a sweet one on its own, but given the recent investigations into the accusations of racial profiling at Barney's, Goodman's statement was an especially poignant message, moneybags or no moneybags.

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