Tuesday, December 27, 2016
One night, I was working at Sanger Harris, and I had two men come into the Record Dept. One was kind of tall and the other one was short. The tall man asked me if we had the 8-track tape for "American Graffiti". I said yes. He had a very thick accent. The shorter man spoke only French and was saying something to the tall man, who then told me in English. Unbeknownst to the shorter man, I spoke fluent French, so I knew what the man was saying. He said some very rude things about me, including calling me a "peasant". I rang up the tape, and then turned to the shorter man, who was Pierre Cardin. I told him in French that I thanked him for his purchase, and that I was not a peasant. His face turned red. The taller man's face turned red. Cardin then apologized in English. He may have thought of himself as a big shot, but I brought him back down to size. Thanks to high school and college French.