A bin of mixed found, second-hand, and new shoes on display at a convenience store. What is culturally appropriate for determining items of second-hand clothing that can be worn by those outside of your immediate family? Why shoes, why here? Given the high visibility of these shoes in this centrally-located community store, and the familiarity of the customers with the shoes on display (who sold them, where they came from, etc.), what are the implications of getting “caught” having bought non-new shoes from this bin? Large enough disincentive to keep one from buying a needed pair? Unfortunately I did not get any dependable information about the footwear turnover rate. I did regret leaving without purchasing the Mario flip-flops.


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