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Moving Mannequins

Semi-biographical

FADE IN

EXT. AVENUE – NIGHT

A man steps off the bus, wearing glasses, hoodie over his head, backpack on his chest. As he is getting closer to his destination, he sees 3 white men wearing yellow shirts with ‘Event Staff’ on the back. A couple of feet away from them, he sees a black guy trying to get their attention. The man steps off the sidewalk when he crosses paths with the Event Staffers, as they were obstructing his path.

EVENT STAFFER 1

How you doing, sir?

THE MAN

EVENT STAFFER 2

(whispering)

His hand.

EVENT STAFFER 3

(whispering)

See.

He steps back on the sidewalk and crosses the black guy.

BLACK GUY

You got your glasses on, don’t it?

THE MAN

BLACK GUY

Aye, one of them white boys called you a Ni**er! You heard it? I know you heard it, bruh.

THE MAN

The man stops walking and looks up at the high-rise building to his left and sees someone peeking out their blinds. They exchange glares for 5 seconds then the man continues walking.

DISSOLVE 

The black guy wanders aimlessly in a nearby park. He hears leaves crunching behind him. He turns around and sees 3 people jogging along the track. He notices they are wearing bright yellow shirts. He thinks they chose that color to help them be seen, as the park doesn’t have light poles. As they get closer, the black guy steps to the side to clear the trail. But when they cross his path, they stop and beat him within an inch of his life. Before they vanish, they place a cellphone in his palm.When the man regains consciousness a few minutes later, he calls 911. 

An aerial camera view shows 3 police cars pull up to the house where the 3 white men were doing event staffing. As the 3 white guys are getting arrested, an ambulance speeds by, presumably on their way to the park or rushing the black guy to the hospital. 

The aerial camera view turns out to be the POV from a balcony of a high-rise apartment building nearby. A man is sitting on a bench with a mannequin on his left and right side. All 3 are wearing yellow shirts. He holds a pair of binoculars to each mannequins eyes so they can see the events going on below. He pretends one of the mannequins says something to him.

THE MAN

I don’t need binoculars. I got glasses, don’t it? Bob, hand me that wet towel so I can get this shit off my face, will you? Gimme that! And Tom, why do you still have your hands on my hips? Get off!

He disconnects something that conjoined them. The man grabs the towel from the mannequin’s hands and takes a swipe at his forehead, revealing darker skin. He was wearing white make-up. He then throws the towel on the camera lens.

FADE TO BLACK

Publishing my first comic since June 2012 on Valentines.

“What Did Big Girl Put In Snickers Home How Old Is Tupac Dead Guy”

 

 

FADE IN

INT. TAX OFFICE – NIGHT

Flatulence. Tax Man quietly reads the ingredients on the back of a Babe Ruth. As he unwraps the candy, it falls between his thighs, in the toilet. He jumps up. 

TAX MAN

Oh shit! Which one is which? 5 second rule, 5 second rule, 5 second rule. 4, 3, 2, THIS ONE! Yup, yup, roasted pea-

Tax Man hears knocking on the store’s door. He investigates.

CUSTOMER

Y’all closed? 

TAX MAN

No sir! We open. Just had the door locked while I was in the back.

CUSTOMER

[pulls handle] You gonnnneee … open it?

TAX MAN

[looks at watch. It’s 8PM. He notices the customer doesn’t have papers in his hand. He looks back at the customer’s car and sees a woman in the driver seat. She smiles. He smiles back.] Yeah, I’m gone open it. What is wrong with me? So how can I help you today?

CUSTOMER

I was wondering could y’all print off my 2013 W2.

TAX MAN

I’m new, and not sure. Let me make a call to my supervisor. Hold on!

SUPERVISOR

Hello.

TAX MAN

Yeah, I got a customer who wants to print off his 2013 W2. Is that in my abilities?

SUPERVISOR

I could walk you through it over the phone, but it’s gone take over 20 minutes. It’s best he goes to another location. Ask him does he live in the area.

TAX MAN

Sir, do you stay around the neighborhood?

CUSTOMER

Yeah.

TAX MAN

Yeah.

The SUPERVISOR gives the TAX MAN directions to a nearby store. Like something whispered into the thousandth ear, the TAX MAN says the directions wrong, which prompts the SUPERVISOR to say … 

SUPERVISOR

May I talk to him?

TAX MAN

Uhhh … yeah.

When TAX MAN hands CUSTOMER his phone, he turns around and walks towards the door, as if leaving. 

TAX MAN

*thinking* The hell?!?!

TAX MAN walks ahead CUSTOMER and stands to the side of the entrance in an inconspicuous fighting stance. CUSTOMER stops and talks to the SUPERVISOR. As he is getting the directions, he constantly smiles and says, “Yes mam.”  Anticipating the end of their conversation, the TAX MAN continuously raises his hand to get his phone back. 

CUSTOMER

Okay, thank you.

CUSTOMER hands TAX MAN his phone and walks out. TAX MAN immediately locks door. After the TAX MAN watches the car pull out the parking lot, he presses and holds the home button on his phone. 

TAX MAN

Siri, why didn’t you tell me to put it on speakerphone? I almost had to punch that guy!

SIRI

Okay! Here’s what I found on the web for ‘What did big girl put in Snickers home how old is Tupac dead guy.’

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Taxi Driver Collateral

Based on true story

FADE IN

INT. TRAVIS APARTMENT – MORNING

Tuesday, December 2, 2014, 7:15AM

TRAVIS

(phone rings) Hello.

FRIEND

Hey Travis! My car won’t start.

TRAVIS

[sighs]

Okay, well, I can’t afford to miss another day of work, so I’ll call a cab.

FRIEND

I still should be able to pick you up. I’m getting a boost off at 9.

TRAVIS

Cool.

40 minutes later …

INT. COMPANY’S HEADQUARTERS/CAB  – MORNING

CAB DISPATCHER

(phone rings) Hello.

TAXI DRIVER

Hey, Miss Carol, I got a problem with a customer …

CAB DISPATCHER

[giggles] Why are you wasting your time arguing with him?

TAXI DRIVER

We passed that. He’s paying with debit. When he tries to get his receipt the monitor in the back says “Printer not connected”  but the monitor up front says it is. He already swiped his card twice. I don’t wanna make him do it again.

CAB DISPATCHER

[indistinct chatter]

TAXI DRIVER

She said just call up there around 9 when the cashier is there and she can email you a receipt.

TRAVIS

[sighs] Aight.

CAB DRIVER

Sure you don’t want me to drop you off?

TRAVIS

Nah, I’ll walk the rest of the way.

Travis gets out the cab and starts walking.

CAB DISPATCHER

You didn’t drop him off at work?

CAB DRIVER

Nah, he told me to just stop the car and let him out.

CAB DISPATCHER

 He mad or nah? [giggles]

CAB DRIVER

Hey, don’t put me in for no calls for the next 30 minutes. I need to run an errand.

Scene ends with Travis walking.

INT. FRIEND’S CAR – AFTERNOON

Tuesday, December 2, 2014, 3:30PM

TRAVIS

Let me see your phone.

FRIEND

[passes phone]

BANK OF AMERICA

[automate system]

As of December 2nd 2014, your available balance is $125.07.

FRIEND

Why you looking like that for?

TRAVIS

I got $125.07 on my card.

FRIEND

So?

TRAVIS

I suppose to have $315. That taxi company overcharged $38 five times. And he … did it on purpose!

FRIEND

He? On purpose?

TRAVIS

The cab driver … for our argument and for him not getting more money. I gave him the address to Taco Bell.

FRIEND

I thought you was going to work?

TRAVIS

The McDonald’s next to it. I wanted to eat breakfast first.

TRAVIS

When I got in the car, I said we gone hit the express way. He said, “Where you think I was going?” His tone made me feel like he thought I was being condescending. He had a bad attitude. We was already driving at this point and I didn’t want to be late trying to catch another cab. I noticed he had his phone in his lap so I assumed he was on Google Maps. When we missed my exit, I said, “Where you going?” He got loud and said, “Look! I can’t read your mind!” and start accusing me of creating an argument because I didn’t wanna pay.

FRIEND

Whet?!

TRAVIS

I just told him to stop the car and let me out. Luckily, at this point, I was 20 minutes from my job walking. Then the cherry on the cake was when the printer wouldn’t give me my receipt. I swiped twice so I don’t understand how I got charged 5 times. The fare was actually 42 dollars but he said I only had to pay 38. But a 190 dollars is off my fucking card. He got me!

INT. COMPANY’S HEADQUARTERS/TRAVIS APARTMENT – DAY

Wednesday, December 3, 2014, 7:30AM

RUTHIE

[phone rings] Hello

TRAVIS

Hey, I talked to you yesterday about an overcharge.

RUTHIE

I remember your voice.

TRAVIS

You said the system charged me twice. But I was charged 5 times. 190 dollars.

RUTHIE

We only show two transactions.

TRAVIS

And I show 5. I had $315 in my account before this. My bank can fax y’all the screenshot!

RUTHIE

They can do that, but we can’t refund money that we don’t see on our end. The system only shows 2 transactions. We refunded one of them back to you and only charged you for the $38 you was suppose to pay.

TRAVIS

I need my money back! That’s my rent money! That’s all I have!

RUTHIE

Our system only shows 2 transactions. One in which you were suppose to pay and one in which was refunded back to you. I don’t see these other 3 charges. Did you give the driver your card?

TRAVIS

No, I had it in my hand the whole time. I swiped it both times.

RUTHIE

I don’t know what to tell you. Call your bank.

INT. TRAVIS APARTMENT – MORNING

Thursday, December 4, 2014, 8:00AM

BOA

We can’t do nothing about pending charges. You gotta let them post or fall off.

TRAVIS

The charges have been pending since Tuesday!!!

BOA

If they post, we can then file a dispute claim. It usually take 3 business days for them to fall off. But there is a way you can get your money back same day.

TRAVIS

How???

BOA

Have them fax us a letter head with your name, card number, the total cost of the transactions and that they are gonna release them. And have them sign it.

TRAVIS

[sighs]

They’re not gonna do that! They only see 2 charges on their system. Okay, this happened on Tuesday. The charges are still pending. Look! My rent is due tomorrow! That’s all the money I have! If I don’t get my refund soon I will be evicted. When will they post or fall off?!?!

BOA

3 business days. This happened on Tuesday, so, Friday.

TRAVIS

Tomorrow.

INT. TRAVIS APARTMENT – MORNING

Friday, December 5, 2014, 6:37AM

TRAVIS

[dials numbers]

BOA

[automate system]

As of December 5, 2014, your available balance is $163.07

TRAVIS

Whet?! [hangs up]

INT. FRIEND’S CAR – MORNING

FRIEND

What’s wrong?

TRAVIS

Do you have $152 I can borrow until next week?

FRIEND

I’m broke my self, but I’ll see what I can do. Try not letting this affect your work.

INT. TACO BELL – NOON

Travis stares at his Frito Burrito and thinks about being evicted and moving back in with his mom.

CO-WORKER

You’ve been quiet all day today. I thought when we got to lunch I would at least hear some lip smacking but you’re not even eating. What’s wrong, dear?

TRAVIS

… nothing!

INT. FRIEND’S CAR – EVENING

TRAVIS

So?

FRIEND

No luck! I’m sorry!

TRAVIS

[sighs] Let me see your phone. Mines dead. Wish me luck! [dials numbers]

FRIEND

Who you calling?

BOA

As of December 5, 2014 your available balance is $315.07

TRAVIS

YESSSS!

INT. RIVERVIEW DRIVE – EVENING

The taxi driver walks up to his apartment unit and sees eviction notice on his door.

INT. 308 EVES PLACE LEASING OFFICE – EVENING

ADRIAN

Hi Travis. What can I do for you?

TRAVIS

Pay rent …

ADRIAN

Here’s your receipt. Anything else I can do for you?

TRAVIS

Yeah, and this is for next month’s rent.

ADRIAN

I see they paying you well. Maybe I should come work over there? [giggles]

Travis smirks and the scene transitions into what happened December 2nd after the taxi driver and Travis departed. 18 minutes into Travis walk he spots the taxi driver getting back into his cab and pulling off a lot (remember that errand he had to run?). Travis walks on the lot, pulls out a key and unlocks the door. The door to the leasing office in the apartment complex where the taxi driver lives. Travis works there. The scene ends with Travis picking up the money order the taxi driver slipped under the door.

FADE TO BLACK