January 1997 - Did They Really Say That?
From Jeffrey S. Levin
Plainview (Jeffrey is an attorney with Texas Rural Legal Aid), this
excerpt from a two-day deposition in a minimum wage case involving 54
migrant and seasonal farm workers. The witness is the owner of a produce
shed called "Casa de Calabaza" (the House of Squash). Jeffrey explains
that after two full 10-hour days, "everybody got a little punchy" and
could "barely pronounce words" - and "we all laughed when nobody could pronounce Lazbuddie
Q. Was this a loan of the harvest belt or was it a lease?
Well, it was up in the air. He wanted to sell them to us and we said,
"If we can make them work and make our deal work we will buy them from
Q. Okay. And, what happened to those?
A. They were returned.
Well, once you went to get them over in Lazbuddie, once "Lalo" and
Glenn Odom went to get them in Lazbuddie, what did they do with them?
Q. Lazbuddie, I know. I'm having a hard time pronouncing anything right now.
A. Join the club, try it without teeth.