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    #34 42 days ago

    For the operators, when I was a kid, I used to go to an arcade on the Ocean City boardwalk. Being a kid with not much money, I'd always keep my eyes on the hunt for fallen quarters on the ground or in the coin return of games. One day, while hunting for lost quarters, the lady/operator yelled at me to stop. I wasn't quite sure what I had done wrong, so I continued to look around games. She hopped off her chair, walked up to me, and said something along the lines of "you can't do that here." Being young and impressionable, I sulked off, embarrassed, played a game on the single quarter I had found earlier, and left. I wasn't even walking or going places I wasn't supposed to go, and I never crawled under or between anything.

    That moment has stuck with me for years. I remember the woman being pretty annoyed at me to the point where she definitely followed me to make sure I wouldn't do it again, and to this day, I'm still not sure why. All I wanted to do was look for quarters that I'd literally just put into a game and play. The establishment would've received my business, AND the forgotten quarters I had picked up for them.

    So I ask: Did younger me do anything wrong? Is it frowned upon to look around an arcade for forgotten quarters? Or was the lady just in a bad mood?

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