A SHORT PLAY ABOUT BANKERS

The main characters are Daddy Papersurfer (DP) and a banker (B)

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DP – “I’m trying to find out how banking works.”

B – “OK, fire away.”

DP – “So, if I want to borrow money you charge something like 5% interest?”

B – “Yes.”

DP – “ …and you lend me money that someone else has entrusted to your care – you don’t use your own money?”

B – “Correct.”

DP – “ … and you might pay this person 1% interest… if they’re lucky?”

B – “Correct.”

DP – “ … and you keep the 4% interest difference just for doing some paperwork?”

B – “Correct.”

DP – “What happens if you get your figures wrong?”

B – “Oh, the government steps in and rescues us.”

DP – “And where does the government get their money?”

B – “From the tax payer.”

DP – “Oh.”

B – “Has that cleared it all up for you Mr Daddy Papersurfer?”

DP – “Oh yes.”

B – “Good. Fancy a drink. You’re paying. I think I’ll have a bottle of Champers.”

(The cast members take a bow while the audience sits in stunned silence)

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