The Candy Store’s Open

What do you do when a man walks in with his fly open?  This has always been a dilemma for me, the appropriate action to take. Ignoring it never seems an option since you’re riveted to its unsightly presence especially when the guy is so oblivious.

He’s getting coffee, checking his iPhone while you think any minute you know what’s gonna pop out like a Jack in The Box.  I’m always reminded of my mother who held no prisoners under any circumstances, casually strolling up to whoever it was simply saying, hey buddy…the candy store’s open, as though she just told him he left his lights on.

Not beating around the bush is sort of a legacy, right?  One I’ve not inherited, and with such charm, at least in this case.



About Susannah Bianchi

I'm just a girl who likes to write slightly on slant. I've had a career in fashion, dabbled in film and to be honest, I don't like talking about myself. Now my posts are another matter so I will let them speak for themselves. My eBooks, A New York Diary, Model Behavior: Friends For Life and Notes From A Working Cat can be found on Thanks.
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26 Responses to The Candy Store’s Open

  1. micklively says:

    I don’t do it very often (I think!) but I’m in the same quandary from the other side, if you take my meaning. I want to know, so as to initiate the appropriate corrective action, but I don’t want to be told. Damned if you do; damned if you don’t.
    I just love the various euphemisms employed though. I had not heard the “sweetie shop” version before. I like “flying low” and “great escape”.

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  2. Oh how I love that expression …hahaha! That’s a new one for me too. Sign langue is always good in those situations, as long as it doesn’t turn into a full on game of charades.

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  3. skinnyuz2b says:

    I could easily envision Mae West using your mom’s line. I think they both had chutzpah.
    I admit I’d just sit and pray that at any moment the Candy Man would notice that his wares were on display.

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  4. Rubenstein, Hal says:

    Very funny ! I wish I could have met your mom, she sounds like a hoot !

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  5. I always tell them (man or woman), fly open, toilette paper on the shoes, etc, any situation. Some are embarrassed but most are relieved. Last time was at the museum, this lady was leaving the restroom with her skirt stuck in her pantyhose….she was so grateful she couldn’t saying thank you. I always put myself in their place and I would hope someone would tell me. I am not sure I would be able to use your mother’s line with a straight face.

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  6. I was trying to think of a time when it happened and what I did. Can’t remember anytime that it wasn’t someone I knew well enough to feel comfortable just saying it. Maybe I don’t look that low…at least anymore.

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  7. Patricia says:

    It is a quandary. If I have eye contact with the candy store owner I wll look at the open door and quickly look up. If no eye contact I will simply say zip it and be on my way. I haven’t noticed many open doors lately maybe because I’m not shopping these days.

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  8. That’s an awkward situation, no matter what: if it’s a stranger I don’t care enough to say anything and if it’s someone I know, I don’t want to embarrass them.

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