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Excerpt from Oral History Interview with Hoy Deal, July 3 and 11, 1979. Interview H-0117. Southern Oral History Program Collection (#4007) See Entire Interview >>

Deal quits a job after a reprimand

Deal valued his smoke breaks. He recalls quitting a job at a lumber mill after being reprimanded for smoking in a non-smoking area.

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Oral History Interview with Hoy Deal, July 3 and 11, 1979. Interview H-0117. Southern Oral History Program Collection (#4007) in the Southern Oral History Program Collection, Southern Historical Collection, Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

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PATTY DILLEY:
Was this other shop another place you worked at before Hutton's?
HOY DEAL:
Yes.
PATTY DILLEY:
Could you tell me about that?
HOY DEAL:
There wasn't even much to tell about that. I just worked there a but a year. And we went out to bring in a truckload of lumber, and I smoked cigarettes back then. And I was out in the yard, and I was smoking while I was out there. And I went back in, and Carroll Somebody said, "Don't you know you ain't supposed to smoke when you're out in the yard?" I said, "What time you think a man's going to smoke? You don't get but one little break, ten minutes to eat a sandwich and smoke a cigarette." He said, "Well, I can't help that. You ain't supposed to smoke out here." I said, "I smoked when I wanted to before I come here, and if that's what it takes to hold a job, why, I'll give it to you." And me and Fred Little and Perry Bumgardner, all three, quit the same day and all went up here to Hutton's. And old man Sid Black was the boss there then, and he died while I was up there. And we went in there, and old man Sid hired all three of us at the same time, and we all three went to work there.