The Inferiority Complex
(A Payless outlet, Cross Roads, on a Friday night during the summer of 2012. Amidst the many buyers is GEORGE, a local bartender wearing a crisp black trouser and a tight button up shirt. He looks through the variety of dress shoes on display. He glances up as an empoyee comes over to assist him.)
May I help you?
(in an obviously fake american accent)
Yea sweetheart. Do ya got no croc's in a size 13?
Umm... I think we should have some in the back. I will just check that for you
(EMPLOYEE leaves to a backroom. Moments later combined laughter is heard in the backroom. EMPLOYEE returns carrying a shoebox.)
Here you go this is the last one we have in stock.
(GEORGE takes the shoes and makes his way over to the cashier.)
That will be $15 000.00
Well...umm...maybe I can...hmm. Can I pay with my debit card?
(GEORGE ruffles through his pockets and pulls out three cards.)
Could you spread this across these three cards, please?
Sure I will do that for you right now.
(A large wholesale in Downtown, Friday afternoon, the summer of 2012. Michael, a Marketing Consultant, is seen wearing a pair of jeans and a t-shirt while looking at the clothes on display. He decides what he wants and makes his way over to an employee.
Yo baby love, how much fi dem clothes yah
A $1,500.00 fi all de shirt dem and $2,000.00 fi de pants and de shoes a fi $5,000.00 but wi have one sale so a $4,500.00 fi it now.
So unnu nah nuh sale pan de shirt and pants.
Mi nuh tink suh, mek mi guh ask di manager.
(She leaves to the small room in the corner of the store where the manager stays, they converse for a few moments and she returns.)
Him seh we nah nuh sale pan dem deh but because yah buy dem togeda him wil gi yuh everything fi $7,500.00.
(She hands him a note along with a piece of cardboard with her name on it.)
Jus gi dis to di cashier before she cash yu
Tanks yah baby
(MICHAEL makes his way to the cashier and hands her the note and the piece of cardboard.)
Oh okay, may I have the items please.
Sure here you go
(He places the clothes on the counter and watches as she scans each item before entering a series of codes and passwords in the cash register.)
That will be $7,500.00. Will that be all?
Yes that is all
(He fishes his wallet from his pocket and pays the lady)
(She completes the transaction and hands him his receipt.)
Thank you for shopping have a nice day.
(Michael exits the store with his belongings.)
(MICHAEL and GEORGE are seen walking through a busy street in Half-Way-Tree.)
Yo mi boss mi tirsty enuh, mek wi guh buy couple drinks from di lady ova deh suh.
Nuh sah yuh nuh see how har ting dem look dutty, mek wi guh look fi one decent shop or sinting.
Yo me cyaan wait fi wan shop inna dis yah hot sun.
(MICHAEL makes his way over to the old lady and GEORGE reluctantly follows him)
Mummy, can get a soda please.
May I have one also
(VENDOR hands a BIGGA soda to MICHAEL.)
Do you have any busta?
Eh eh mi only hav BIGGA but mi hav coke.
I’ll have a coke then please.
(VENDOR hands a Coca-Cola to GEORGE and MICHAEL pays for the drinks.)
(MICHAEL and GEORGE continue walking.)
Thanks bredda, mi nah nuh money enuh, mi money jus a done suh.
Yeh mi did waan ask yuh weh yuh get money fi buy dem new shoes deh, when yuh know seh yuh owe mi $20,000.00 fi yuh rent last month.
Suh mi nuffi buy nuh clothes jus because mi owe yuh money.
Mi nah seh dat, but is how much di shoes...
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