Finding Cover for a Shift


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    <-NARRATOR:-> Listen to a conversation between two students.
    <-MALE STUDENT:-> Tina. I'm so glad I bumped into you.
    <-FEMALE STUDENT:-> [unsuspecting] Hey, Bob. What's up?
    <-MALE STUDENT:-> Well, you know how I told you I could work for you tonight-
    cover your shift at the dining hall later?
    <-FEMALE STUDENT:-> Yeah, thanks so much for that!
    Friday night dinner shifts are tough to find substitutes for.
    <-MALE STUDENT:-> Well, actually....
    <-FEMALE STUDENT:-> Oh, no. Don't tell me something came up, and you're canceling.
    <-MALE STUDENT:-> Um...yeah.
    I'm afraid I forgot tonight...I've got a music rehearsal for the band I'm in.
    <-FEMALE STUDENT:-> Music rehearsal?
    <-MALE STUDENT:-> Yeah, I play keyboards for a little rock band here on campus and we've got practice tonight to prepare for a concert we're doing that's coming up...
    it's really kind of important.
    <-FEMALE STUDENT:-> Well, I don't know what to do now, because I already made plans to go to the school play with some friends tonight.
    <-MALE STUDENT:-> Oh.
    <-FEMALE STUDENT:-> Yeah. And there's no way I can find someone else to work my shift now-it's so last-minute.
    <-MALE STUDENT:-> I'm really sorry, Tina.
    <-FEMALE STUDENT:-> Well, I guess I could cancel my plans to see the play...
    go see it another time by myself since my friends are seeing it tonight-
    I think it's playing for another week.
    <-MALE STUDENT:-> Or, you know, I guess I could talk to the band leader, explain to him that I can't make the band practice tonight.
    <-FEMALE STUDENT:-> Yeah?
    <-MALE STUDENT:-> Yeah, I mean, it's my fault I forgot.
    And I want to do the right thing here since I did say I'd work for you.
    It's just that some of the songs are new to me, and tonight's our last practice before the concert...
    I don't want to sound bad at the show.


Briefly summarize the problem the speakers are discussing. Then state which of the two solutions from the conversation you would recommend. Explain the reasons for your recommendation.


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