Jason: Hey, that guy just took merchandise without paying. Didn’t you see him?
Ida: Yeah, but it’s okay. Forget about it.
Jason: What’s going on here? Why did you just let that guy take things without paying?
Ida: If you must know, I’m paying for protection.
Jason: Protection? From whom?
Ida: Those guys. They rule this neighborhood. If a business doesn't pay up, they resort to violence.
Jason: You mean this is a shakedown? They’re threatening you with violence unless you pay?
Ida: Yes, but what else can I do? All of the businesses on this street pay, one way or another.
Jason: But a protection racket is extortion. It’s against the law. You could tell the police.
Ida: The last person who squealed had his store torched. I’m not going up against these guys. Things could get ugly, really ugly. Are you leaving?
Jason: Yeah, I’m going to try to find that guy who was here and talk to him, tell him to lay off you.
Ida: You can’t do that! Those guys mean business. They’ll hurt you.
Jason: Not a chance. When I tell them you’re under my protection, they’ll lay off for sure.
Ida: Stop! I’m not letting you stick your neck out for me. Your funeral won’t be on my head!
Script by Dr. Lucy Tse
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