Weiss & Son, plumbers on Atlantic Avenue in Brooklyn Heights, has an interesting way of dealing with inquiries from Bed-Stuy.
Just say no, seems to be the company's motto.
At least when it comes to inquiries from outside its preferred, upscale area.
This came to our attention with our call to Weiss last week, seeking bid for work on a Bed-Stuy brownstone.
That's beyond our area, the woman on the phone said.
Actually, a couple of years ago we called Weiss about a home in Prospect Lefferts Gardens, and we got the same response.
We should have remembered.
After we began to express our irritation -- carefully not yet mentioning ethnicity and related concerns -- the phone person went into a spiel about how they don't discriminate on the basis of race, origin, etc.
An old poet might have said, The lady dost protest too much, methinks.
Anyway, I told the phone woman that I had originally gotten Weiss' number from someone outside Brooklyn Heights.
Then the woman said, Oh yes, we sometimes serve former Brooklyn Heights residents who had previously been our customers in Brooklyn Heights.
At which point we told her that the person in question never lived in Brooklyn Heights at all.
And it's surely worth noting that the person in question was white, with a strong born-and-raised-close-to-the-Mississippi voice.
By the way, looking over brooklyn.citysearch reviews, we see the following headlines about Weiss: "DO NOT USE THEM!!!" and "Unreliable."
But -- at this point -- we wouldn't need those terribly negative views to keep us away.