â€œHey. You ever go in the supermarket and see all those people buying crap because thereâ€™s snow coming?â€
This was my same friend who explained how organized crime is behind New Yorkâ€™s construction of all those roundabouts. â€œYou mean the bread and milk and eggs thing?â€
â€œYeah. You know who makes that happen?â€
Uh-oh… here it comes.
â€œThe mob. Everybody knows they control mozzarella cheese. What you donâ€™t know is theyâ€™re all over eggs, milk… and bakeries.â€
Wait a second. â€œBut those sound like legitimate businesses…â€
â€œThey are! But hereâ€™s the thing: they get the weather guy on TV to say its going to snow like nuts, and all these people run out and buy things they donâ€™t need. Look at this week. Weatherman says itâ€™s gonna snow and everybody freaks out.”
â€œPayoffs. Extortion. Threats. Turn the screws on those guys and theyâ€™ll say anything. The mobâ€™s got long arms. Forecast calls for two feet of snow, everybody runs to the store, and cha-ching.â€
â€œCha-freakin-ching, my friend. Cha-freakin-ching.â€
It sounded plausible, but that was after a few drinks. Certainly something to think about the next time you make French toast on a snowy day.