Daily English 1292 - Being a Victim of Extortion

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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

Category: Business

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