Young Survive in NYC Using Common Mortal Code

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    Apr 27, 2014 10:45 PM GMT
    DNA: An underground network of youths in New York City survive the expensive city via an elaborate battering protocol named Common Mortal Code. An example of the common mortal code is as follows:

    A barista (common mortal 1) will give free coffee to the 20-something who works at the local bodega (common mortal 2) shoo will go on to give the barista cheap or free cigarettes, milk, bread and so on. The barista would also have served the door person of a night club (common mortal 3) and receives free entry when they want to dance. The door person knows the bartenders who give them (common mortal ∞) free drinks. And so on and so forth.

    Is this happening in your city?

    See Christopher Klimovski, The Kinship of Common Mortals, DNA #170 (2014).
  • tj85016

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    Apr 27, 2014 11:09 PM GMT
    man this has been going on in New York for 200 years, Boston too
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    Apr 28, 2014 11:52 AM GMT
    woodsmen saidDNA: An underground network of youths in New York City survive the expensive city via an elaborate battering protocol named Common Mortal Code....


    Fucking hipsters! They think they've got a cool, insiders only, hip thing!icon_rolleyes.gif

    BARTER

    bar·ter
    [bahr-ter]
    verb (used without object)
    1.
    to trade by exchange of commodities rather than by the use of money.
    verb (used with object)
    2.
    to exchange in trade, as one commodity for another; trade.
    3.
    to bargain away unwisely or dishonorably (usually followed by away ): bartering away his pride for material gain.
    noun
    4.
    the act or practice of bartering.
    5.
    items or an item for bartering: We arrived with new barter for the villagers.
    Origin:
    1400–50; late Middle English, apparently < Anglo-French, Old French bareter, barater (see barrator), with shift of sense
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    Apr 28, 2014 12:42 PM GMT
    Bartering is something you do with your own stuff. "Common Mortal Code" sounds more like larceny; theft; embezzlement; leeching; stealing.

    But I guess in NYC hipster culture, screwing the Pakistani immigrant bodega owner out of his rent for the month so you can keep living in your overpriced Brooklyn loft instead of your mom's Ohio suburb is totally kewl.

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    Apr 28, 2014 12:45 PM GMT
    adammm saidBartering is something you do with your own stuff. "Common Mortal Code" sounds more like larceny; theft; embezzlement; leeching; stealing.

    But I guess in NYC hipster culture, screwing the Pakistani immigrant bodega owner out of his rent for the month so you can keep living in your overpriced Brooklyn loft is totally kewl.



    Good point! It is "theft of services or goods" by definition.
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    Apr 28, 2014 1:13 PM GMT
    where were they when i was in my teens working at a coffee shop on upper east side and always trying to get in the clubs for free?
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    Apr 28, 2014 1:17 PM GMT
    I was not working in bodegas as a teenager or trying to get into clubs so I guess I missed this boat.Sounds more like poor people stealing to me.That def has been going on for centuries lol.Ry
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    Apr 28, 2014 1:26 PM GMT
    Bartering & trading favors occurs in all socio-economic levels. Hell, we even did it in the Army. But if this is theft of goods or services then it becomes more like fencing of stolen property.

    owl_bundy: I agree. I came across DNA magazine somewhere, was not impressed. Looked sleazy and amateurish.
  • peterstrong

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    Apr 28, 2014 1:44 PM GMT
    agreed, this is fencing stolen property and theft of services / not bartering - bartering would be trading something or some service that you yourself owned or created

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    Apr 28, 2014 1:52 PM GMT
    Honestly now, do the youths of today really need to do all that to "survive" in NYC? They're young and I'm sure there are plenty of guys that would just love to have a boy on their dinner plate....

    or bed.
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    Apr 28, 2014 1:54 PM GMT
    lol, bartering with their employers' goods and services?

    Tsk tsk. Theft.
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    Apr 28, 2014 5:51 PM GMT
    Yes this happens
    It is so much fun!

    Especially when the owner has 300% upsell charges! While paying you as little as possible! I paid for violin lessons with day olds from a bakery - LOL
    Risky business
    Don't do it.
  • MikeW

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    Apr 28, 2014 6:00 PM GMT
    Was common in the 60s, too, practiced in various ways… from the checker not ringing up the full price of groceries to her friends… to the diggers giving away free food.
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    Apr 28, 2014 6:36 PM GMT
    ^ Is that you in the picture? You looked good!
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    Apr 28, 2014 8:15 PM GMT
    Well to my knowledge there is a cost of living crisis in nyc and so young people in particular starting off their careers may not be able to afford to live decently without doing this. Don't demonise the people doing it. Demonise the employers not paying a living wage.
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    Apr 29, 2014 1:15 AM GMT
    I'm underpaid and overworked, I don't really like my employer, so I have been known to allow free passage often, especially to millenials struggling with poverty like me.
  • FitGwynedd

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    Apr 29, 2014 1:27 AM GMT
    Also I have a friend who works for the railroad and when he is running late for the bus I'll hold it for him and I get free train tickets in return.icon_cool.gificon_cool.gificon_cool.gif
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    Apr 29, 2014 1:00 PM GMT
    it's called 'gift economy'.
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    Apr 29, 2014 1:42 PM GMT
    FitGwynedd saidI'm overpaid and underworked, I don't really like my employer, so I have been known to allow free passage often, especially to millenials struggling with poverty like me.

    You're overpaid? I would love my employer if they overpaid me icon_eek.gif
  • rugbyjockca

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    Apr 29, 2014 2:37 PM GMT
    It's interesting that when a corporation and its CEOs receive billions of dollars in tax cuts and are given free rein to exploit workers and destroy our environment, it's called "business" but when a kid making minimum wage gives a friend a $3 coffee under the table, it's called "larceny".

    Not passing judgement, just making an observation.
  • roadbikeRob

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    Apr 29, 2014 2:52 PM GMT
    owl_bundy saiddna magazine?? icon_lol.gif fuck that piece of shit publication. actually was in barnes and noble yesterday browsing through that shit and i was embarrassed. pretty much the whole magazine was some softcore porn shit. even the ads were the same damn thing. shit was borderline hardcore pornography. for real, the gay male magazines would have a bit more credibility if it wasn't filled with fucking naked or guys in briefs every single page. wouldn't expect something intelligent or worth substance to come out of that magazine at all.
    Piece of shit publicationicon_question.gif whaticon_question.gif DNA magazine is an outstanding, high quality gay magazine that makes our gay mags look bland and conservative. If I am in the neighborhood of our local Barnes & Noble and have some additional money to spare, I will gladly buy a copy of DNA. Granted some of their photos get a bit too risqué but they have a lot of good articles in that magazine. What is wrong with photos of athletically fit guys in speedos and briefs on every pageicon_question.gif I wish that American guys both gay and straight were not such boring, conservative prudes wearing those hideous, oversized board shorts looking like they came from the infamous intersection of Florence and Normandie in South Central LA. My only complaint about DNA is the high price but it comes from Australia so the high price is a given to cover shipping costs.
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    Apr 29, 2014 3:16 PM GMT
    rugbyjockca saidIt's interesting that when a corporation and its CEOs receive billions of dollars in tax cuts and are given free rein to exploit workers and destroy our environment, it's called "business" but when a kid making minimum wage gives a friend a $3 coffee under the table, it's called "larceny".

    Not passing judgement, just making an observation.

    The basic contract of fairness has been disposed of in this modern USA. People below the executive suite are considered disposable elements of production, not people with lives and families. They are there to only maximize profits for the few and those few don't even include the stockholders of the company. When fairness in society breaks down, people feel no compunction to live by the rules they feel are there only to protect the few.
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    Apr 29, 2014 3:44 PM GMT
    Danny_boy93 said
    FitGwynedd saidI'm overpaid and underworked, I don't really like my employer, so I have been known to allow free passage often, especially to millenials struggling with poverty like me.

    You're overpaid? I would love my employer if they overpaid me icon_eek.gif


    I meant underpaid and overworked, I blame the constant inhalation of diesel fumes in the workplace.
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    Apr 29, 2014 3:47 PM GMT
    FitGwynedd said
    Danny_boy93 said
    FitGwynedd saidI'm overpaid and underworked, I don't really like my employer, so I have been known to allow free passage often, especially to millenials struggling with poverty like me.

    You're overpaid? I would love my employer if they overpaid me icon_eek.gif


    I meant underpaid and overworked, I blame the constant inhalation of diesel fumes in the workplace.

    Oh well in that case I hear you!

    The closest I have done to this is given my friends 10% student discounts even when they weren't students and I just used to tell them to flash me any card they had just for the benefit of the cctv.
  • MikeW

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    Apr 29, 2014 4:20 PM GMT
    rugbyjockca saidIt's interesting that when a corporation and its CEOs receive billions of dollars in tax cuts and are given free rein to exploit workers and destroy our environment, it's called "business" but when a kid making minimum wage gives a friend a $3 coffee under the table, it's called "larceny".

    Not passing judgement, just making an observation.

    That's capitalist society for ya. Shit on the working class, and let the fat cats get away with murder.