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The Phony Merchant

(Pops – Episode 3)

{EXT: BANK PREMISES – DAY}

POPS walks into a Bank environ, nicely dressed like a politician with a big PORTFOLIO. He sees a NOTICE on the Bank’s signboard and ignores the information it carries, the notice states;

\\NO VACANCY AVAILABLE FOR NOW! PLEASE DO NOT MAKE AN ATTEMPT\\

At the entrance, the SECURITY PERSONNEL bows to Pops with great respect as he walks into the banking hall.

{INT: BANKING HALL/MANAGER’S OFFICE – DAY}

POP

(enters the banking hall and sees the RECEPTIONIST)
Yeah! That’s where I’m going.
(walks to the Receptionist and keep his portfolio under the table near the receptionist)
Miss, can I see your manager, please?

RECEPTIONIST

(slowly looks from Pops’ shoe to his head)
You are welcome to our Bank where we treat customers as the boss sir.

POPS

(smiles)
Oh! I see! Very good.

RECEPTIONIST

What were you saying and how may I help you, sir?

POPS

I think you heard me clear, well, it’s quite unfortunate that I can’t remember what I said in the previous five seconds, Madam.

RECEPTIONIST

Okay, you see over there,
(turns her face to two staffs sitting on a table attending to customers)
That’s our customer service point and over there,
(points at the counter)
is the counter where you deposit or withdraw in cash. Meet that guy over there,
(points at a staff)
if you want to make a transfer.

POPS

What are you saying?

RECEPTIONIST

Sir, I think you heard me clear because you paid attention.

POPS

O shit!

RECEPTIONIST

(looks at a security)
Meet that security over there if you want to go to the restroom.

MIKE (a staff of the Bank) walks to the Receptionist,

MIKE

Excuse me, Ma’am,
(to Pops)
Very sorry, sir.

RECEPTIONIST

Hey Mike what is it, why are you like that?

Mike

Please, may I have a word with you?

Receptionist

Okay?

Mike

(whispers to the Receptionist)
This man seems to be a top politician, under your table is his million dollars portfolio. I noticed you didn’t care to know about him
(leaves)

RECEPTIONIST

(opens wide her eyes in surprise. She makes a phone call to the manager’s office immediately)
Hello sir, you have a special visitor.

MANAGER

(over the telephone)
Bring him in.

POPS

You need discipline, soon you’ll get to know me better by the time you keep seeing me every day.

RECEPTIONIST

Oh no… please I’m very sorry sir for the delay, you know! I behave foolishly sometimes.
(smiles)
Our manager is right in that office over there. Let me walk you to the door, please.
(quickly leaves her sit)
Please follow me, sir.

POPS

(follows the receptionist)
Good girl!

RECEPTIONIST

(approaches the manager’s office, stands at the side of the door of the manager’s office and points at the door)
Here, you can go inside.
(Pops nods)
You are welcome, sir.

POPS

(carries his portfolio, walks gently to the door of the manager’s office, knocks, opens, and walks slowly in)
Hello, Mr Manager.

MANAGER

(sights Pops’ portfolio, stands quickly from his chair, and shakes hands with Pops)
Hey hi! You are very much welcome to our company sir.
(points at a seat)
Please sit down.

POPS

Thank you. I knew I must make it here.

MANAGER

Of course, why not?
(touches his chest)
I’m Tony.

POPS

I’m Pops.

MANAGER

Pops like the boom? Haha!

POPS

What?

MANAGER

O, never mind. Money is booming in my head…

CONTINUE…

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