Retail Employee: Hi there! Can I help you?
Customer: Why yes, dear. I heard a song at my friend's luncheon bridge game the other day and I asked her who the performer was. She said a singer called Bob...Bob...oh now what was his last name?
Retail Employee: Geldof? Seger? Dylan? Vinton?
Customer: I don't think it was any of them. The song was something about little birds....
Retail Employee: Three Little Birds. Bob Marley.
Customer: Oh yes! That's the song. Bob Marley? Do you have any records by him?
Retail Employee: Yes we do, right over ...let me see...uhhhhhmmmm...right here! Here's a Bob Marley CD. (Hands CD to Customer.) I don't know if it has Three Little Birds on it.
Retail Employee: Is Three Little Birds not on that CD? Let me look for the song on another CD.
Customer: He's colored.
Retail Employee: Do you not have a CD player?
Customer: He's colored.
Customer: (Handing CD back to Retail Employee.) I didn't realize this singer was colored.
Retail Employee: Uhm. Yes. He is.
Customer: (Still handing CD back to Retail Employee.) I thought he was Hawaiian. It sounded like Hawaiian music.
Retail Employee: Well...Jamaica. It's an island. So, sorta like Hawaii. I guess.
Customer: (Bypassing Retail Employee and putting CD back in bin.) I didn't know he was colored.
Retail Employee: (Immediately taking another CD out of bin. Handing a copy of Legend to Customer.) If you liked Three Little Birds, you'll really like this CD. It's all Bob Marley's greatest hits. Really great music with the island sound you liked in the song your friend played for you.
Customer: (Gingerly handling CD with Bob Marley's face on it.) I just don't know....
Retail Employee: This music makes you feel good. It's called reggae.
Customer: (Trying to hand CD back to Retail Employee) Maybe not today.
Retail Employee: (Not taking CD) My mom listens to it.
Customer: She does?
Retail Employee: She likes Three Little Birds.
Retail Employee: Lots of people listen to Bob Marley. It's just wonderful music.
Customer: (Looking at CD cover with furrowed brow.)
Retail Employee: I'll let you think about it.
Customer: (Still looking at CD cover with furrowed brow.)
Retail Employee: Let me know if you have any questions, okay?
Retail Employee walks away. Stands behind register.
Customer continues looking at CD cover with furrowed brow.
Retail Employee: (To self) Hawaiian. Huh.
Customer: (Approaches register.) Thank you for your help.
Retail Employee: No problem. Did you need help finding anything else?
Customer: No, thank you.
Retail Employee: Okay. Have a good evening.
Customer: I'll just take this.
Long pause and with great hesitation Customer puts Legend CD on the counter.
Retail Employee: Sure.
Retail Employee: (Trying hard not to smile at Customer with meaning.)
Retail Employee: Here's your change. And your CD. Thank you and have a nice evening.
Customer: Good night.
Retail Employee: 'Night