Thomas was only 16 at the time, when he found out that his dad was being fired from his job. Thomas's dad was very upset because he did have a way to keep supporting his family. It was hard for any person of color to get a job at this time as there was a lot of discrimination.
Thomas wanted to help to his family, so he looked for a job. When he saw his friend Marcus, he asked him if he could help him to get money for his family. Thomas didn't expect the job his friend offered him, but he had no other options. When Thomas said yes to Marcus, he said that he started tomorrow morning.
Thomas started making his "product" that night. Since it was only his first time, with Thomas was getting paranoid at any small thing he heard. Eventually, he decided that he wanted to be able to make money for his family instead of getting an education.
Thomas made a lot of money on his first day. He started the day off nervous and even a little scared. But in the end he was just glad that nothing bad happened.
The next day Thomas felt guilty about himself but at the same time he didn't want him and his family to starve, so he just let it go.
When Thomas got to class his teacher, mr. Johnson, confronted him about his "job" because of what he had heard around the school. And although mr. Johnson knew it was bad, he knew that Thomas had his reasons for it so he tried to talk Thomas out of it but kept it between them.