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May 9, 2011

Lawyer files complaint over 4 pennies

pennyHave you had your change rounded off - to the dollar, quarter or nickel?

A Manhattan lawyer filed a formal complaint with the New York Department of Consumer Affairs over the four cents change he was shorted.

As the restaurant operator in this Wall Street Journal story says, rounding more often works in the customer's favor.

Are you willing to walk away from a few pennies either way? (via Grub Street)

The Grub Street blog was the winner at Friday night's 2011 James Beard Foundation Broadcast and Journalism Awards in the group blog category. I've added it to my Google Reader. The chef awards are announced tonight at Avery Fisher Hall in ceremony hosted by Tom Colicchio.


Posted by Richard Gorelick at 10:06 AM | | Comments (1)


I don't like rounding: it makes me feel guilty when it comes out in my favor. And I have enough guilt, being from the South, to live with without losing sleep over 4 pennies.

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Richard Gorelick was appointed The Baltimore Sun's restaurant critic in September 2010. Before joining the paper staff fulltime, he contributed freelance criticism and features articles about food to area and regional publications. Along the way, he dispatched for short-distance trucking companies, shilled for cultural non-profits, and assisted in cognitive neurology research – never the subject, always the control.

He takes restaurants seriously but not himself, and his favorite restaurant is the one you love, too.

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