Troy recounts a story about a co-worker named Brownie who lied to their boss, Mr. Rand about having a watermelon in his hands, and trying to hide the watermelon under his coat. Both Troy and Bono think that Brownie’s embarrassment about the watermelon was stupid. Troy has asked Mr. Rand, their boss, why the black employees aren’t allowed to drive the garbage trucks, but only to lift the garbage. Bono is eager to hear the latest news of Troy’s conversations with Mr. Rand and the Commissioner of the union about his complaint. Troy says that Mr. Rand told him to take the complaint to the union the following Friday. Troy isn’t afraid of getting fired.