The Ruse Revealed

EXT. DOWNTOWN MAX STOP, MORNING

Train stop is empty except for two middle-aged men, silently waiting. Incredibly, neither is holding an electronic device, so they occupy themselves by scanning the windows of the corporate building across the street, occasionally staring north to see if the train is coming.

From off-screen, a man perfectly cast to appear in the credits as “Train station panhandler” approaches the two men.

PANHANDLER
(to first man waiting)
Can you spare a buck?

TRAIN RIDER #1
I’ve got nothing. Sorry.

PANHANDLER
(moving to second man)
Can you spare a buck?

TRAIN RIDER #2
(barely acknowledging him)
No hablo ingles.

PANHANDLER
Puedo tener algo de dinero?

TRAIN RIDER #2
(staring off into the distance)
I don’t speak that either.

TRAIN RIDER #1 smiles to himself as the clatter of the approaching train fills the street.

 

About Bill Reagan

Bill Reagan enjoys how public transit juxtaposes neighbors and strangers in a way no other microcosm of our community can. He likes eavesdropping, striking up random conversations, and watching how people act when they think no one is looking. He can be found online at WilliamReagan.com and @WilliamReagan on Twitter.
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