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You Can't Play Your Banjo In the Mall

Posted by alprice on Sunday, November 9, 2014

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A few days ago, I met a customer at Southcenter Mall just south of Seattle. We met at the Food Court and sat in an area where no one else was sitting. I adjusted a couple of things on his banjo and he asked me about how it would sound with a different tone ring.

I had brought a banjo equipped with that ring for this purpose. "It would sound kind of like this," I told him. And I played a little bit of Angelina Baker or something like that. 

It was then that the Mall Cops came over. I was told that it was against the mall rules to play musical instruments there. 

I smiled and asked, "Can you hear how absurd that is? I'm not busking, I'm not interfering with anyone and no one has complained. I am just trying to show this person how this instrument sounds. And oh by the way, people pay me good money to play this music."

The Mall Cop said he was going to walk away and asked that I wait until he was out of earshot before playing. In the same mall where three years ago, people were shot and killed, you should know its safe. No banjos will be played there. 

And I'll be damned if I take my business back to Southcenter. Sod 'em.

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