Author – shoeless guy
Jimmy and David underhandedly prevented anyone else from becoming Prefects, they don’t want anyone else muscling in on their ‘cash for shoes’ extortion racket. Prefects had to be of good character which meant no records of detention.
Two 18 year old students had asked about becoming prefects. Ben and Steve where 6ft tall and athletic, two ideal qualities for being a prefect.
At lunchtime, the usual easy prey of Jason, Andy and Billy where in Jimmy’s sight. He jokingly said “Anyone for the Sin Bin today” Withou thinking Billy shouted back “F*** Off Jimmy”. “Swearing and being disrespectful, you’re definitely going to the Sin Bin” said Jimmy as he photographed Billy. “Leave him alone” shouted Andy. “You can join him too” Jimmy proceeded to photograph Andy. Jason kept quiet he didn’t want to spend a third day in the Sin Bin. Andy gave Jason all his money, so did Billy and his cigarettes too. Jimmy asked why they’d given everything to Jason, “We’ll have nothing for you to extort in the Sin Bin” replied Billy as Jason ran away.
In the Sin Bin, Andy and Billy handed over their shoes and sat on the empty floor, there was still time for others to join them. David said to Jimmy “Go find the wannabes” referring to Ben and Steve the ‘Prefect want to be’s’
It didn’t take long to spot Ben and Steve, there wasn’t many athletic 6ft students in the playground. Jimmy introduced himself “You both applying to be Prefects?” he asked.
“Yes” replied Ben “We quite like the idea of being school cops” said Steve.
“Come and experience the ‘Sin Bin’ from a students perspective, it’s a good way of seeing how a Prefect performs his duties” Jimmy was convincing as they agreed. “We photograph everyone who attends the Sin Bin” He said “It’s a tool used to maintain discipline” he explained as he photographed the two unwitting wannabe’s. They followed Jimmy to the Sin Bin. Sitting on a desk was David, sat on the floor where two shoeless teenagers. Next to David was a plastic box with the teenagers shoes inside.
“We have two more guests” said Jimmy as he winked at David. “Take off your shoes” said David. The 18 year old’s stared at each other and one of them said “Is this really necessary”
“Give up your shoes, you both agreed to the experience” said Jimmy.
“Do as your told and remove your shoes” demanded David.
The two guys looked at each other again, shrugged their shoulder then sat on the floor to unlace and remove their shoes revealling dark grey ribbed socks. They stood up and handed over their shoes, both pairs where highly polished, size 10, quality leather black brogues, “Nice shoes” said David as he threw them in the plastic box with the other confiscated footwear. Go sit down on the floor and be quiet.
“Really!” said Ben “Yes” said David “You’re here to be punished so do as you’re told and sit down”
“No we’re not here to be punished” said Steve as he looked at Jimmy “You asked us along for the experience”
“You’re experiencing it now” said David “Comply or you won’t see your shoes again until detention. The tall students took back their shoes from the box and squared up to David and Jimmy, “We’re leaving” said Ben agressively. ” If you leave, your photographs will trace you, your shoes will be taken and detention will await you” said David. “Follow the three simple rules of the Sin Bin and avoid detention. Rule One, Surrender your shoes. Rule Two, Sit on the floor. Rule Three, Be quiet, very quiet”.
The 18 year old wannabe’s felt cornered, the photographs where a threat not a tool for disciplne, to avoid detention they had no choice but to return their shiny shoes to the box. They walked defeated across the floor in their socks and sat down, crossed their legs and stared at the floor and remained quiet.
Andy and Billy sat bemused watching the older guys being subdued by the prefects. The bell rung and everyone stood up and walked over to the desk.
“Give us our shoes” demanded Ben. You both failed to follow the rules, regardless of why you’re here. If you can’t follow the rules how can you enforce them as Prefects” said David. ” Therefore your shoes are further confiscated and can be retrieved in detention.
“We have done nothing wrong, we volunteered to be here, not forced to spend lunchtime on that dirty floor shoeless” said Steve.
“Ah I get it, we’ve been set up” said Ben. “If we get detention there is no way of becoming Prefects” Billy said “They will extort money or other things or force you into detention” Andy agreed “You’ll leave here with no money or no shoes”.
Jimmy told Billy and Andy that they weren’t getting their shoes back for their outrageous comments, they had to leave for class in their socked feet.
David’s greed got the better of him saying to Ben they could come to some arrangement.
“Those lads where right, you are gonna force us to exchange something for our shoes” said Ben
“No! We literally want your shoes”
“What” said Steve
“You both have nice expensive shoes, we want them, you can have ours”
“I’m not putting your scruffy dirty shoes on my feet” said Ben.
“Your shoes or detention, otherwords, our shoes or walking around in your socks all afternoon, not a good look on senior students”
“Wearing your scruffy shoes won’t be a good look either” said Steve
“I will delete your photos from the camera too” said Jimmy.
They reluctantly agreed if only to get the photos deleted. The prefects removed their shoes and kicked them over to the wannabe’s with their black socked feet. Ben tried on Jimmy’s black loafers. They where tight and uncomfortable “I can’t wear these they’re too small” he said.
Steve had similar issues with David’s scruffy black lace up shoes. He then tried on the black loafers but his feet where too big.
Jimmy had already placed Steve’s black Brogues on his feet, they are a bit loose but an extra pair of socks should make them fit and jokingly asked Steve if he wanted to give up his socks too. Steve unamused picked up both prefects shoes and threw them at him, they missed but three out of the four shoes landed in the box with Andy and Billy’s confiscated shoes. “Good shot” said Jimmy as he picked up the rogue shoe and placed it with the others.
Ben’s shoes where too big on David’s feet, he was about to remove them when the door opened. It was a teacher coming to collect the box of confiscated shoes. She looked at the four teenagers, two wearing shoes and prefect badges and two stood in their socks. “Get to class” she told the sock footed pair, “you can collect your shoes in detention, hope you learn your lesson spending the rest of the day in your socks”.
The ‘wannabe’s’ walked out, fuming, “We’ve been conned big time” said Ben “Duped into being detained, losing our shoes, detention and getting unwearable shoes afterwards. They walked to their afternoon lessons in their socks.
David and Jimmy walked the corridor in the oversized brogues, they where falling off their feet. “Think we need to get our own shoes back” said Jimmy. “How when the teacher has them” said David. “I’ll think of something” said Jimmy.