7. Negotiating (6)
A: Paying $120 is a cheap price for a three-piece band.
B: They enjoy playing so much that money is secondary to them.
A: I’ll have to ask them if they want to work weekends too.
B: You might have to pay them a bit more.
A: Also, you have only one small, flat-screen TV in the restaurant.
B: Yes, and all I play is old black and white movies on it.
A: But most people want to see soccer and other sports on multiple TVs.
B: This restaurant is not for “most” people.
A: What do you mean?
B: I mean that I want a quiet, sophisticated clientele.
A: You don’t want a bunch of rowdy, noise-making drunken young men?
B: There are plenty of other restaurants that cater to those people.
A: Paying only $120 isn’t very much for a three-piece band.
B: They love their music more than my money.
A: At that price, I need to ask them to work weekends too.
B: They might want a little more on weekends.
A: There’s only one flat-screen TV behind the bar.
B: Yes, because I want the TV to be background.
A: But most people in restaurants with bars want to see huge TVs everywhere.
B: I want an atmosphere that caters to the few, not the most.
A: I’m not sure what you mean.
B: I’m saying that I prefer quiet to loud.
A: You’re not into noisy, cheering drunks?
B: There’s plenty of sports bars all around here.
A: Paying a three-piece band only $120 is like highway robbery.
B: I get a lot of notes for just a C-note.
A: I’ll ask them if they want to work weekends too.
B: Be careful not to kill the goose that lays the golden eggs.
A: I see that there’s only one flat-screen TV in the whole restaurant.
B: Yes, because I think good conversation is more important than a lot of loud TVs.
A: But most customers are used to big flat-screen TVs all over the place.
B: I’m not interested in what “most” people want.
A: I’m sorry, but I don’t follow you.
B: I mean that I prefer quiet, well-mannered customers.
A: You don’t want a bar that caters to rude and unruly drinkers?
B: I don’t want those types of people as friends or customers.