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Popular Cook Treats All Fairly
Billy Ray Penny, the wise
cracking cook at Time-Out
restaurant, possesses a first name
that is a household word at UNC.
“Billy,"as Penny pr^ers to be
called, is the center of attraction
for many college students when
they stop in at the chicken
restaurant on late nights during the
been living in Pittsboro?
BILLY: AU of my life.
INK: What brought you to Chapel
BILLY: Ajob( he laughs). I have
been working at Time-Out for
about 15 years off and on.
already white meat, or they say
they want a white leg, and they
know they can (only) get a dark
INK: Were you aware that you
have become well-known among
Well, if you
work for the
be nice to
fair and you
you love your
you get to
INK: Do you
Michael BowdcnJBiack Ink
Billy Ray Penny stays active in his spare time
week and on weekends. Ink Staff
Writer Chandra McLean was able
to catch this Pittsboro native down
at Time-Out, and he had much to
tell the Ink about his personal
thoughts, private life, and the ways
that he likes to have fun.
BLACK INK: How long have you
INK: What is it about your job
that makes it so much fun?
BILLY: The students and the way
they come in here and talk and act.
They don’t know the difference
between the chicken. They’ll sit
there and holler that they want a
white breast, and a breast is
most of the
because I used
10 hang out over there at the
fraternity house. 1 used to come up
here with my cousin and hang out at
the fraternity house and play
basketball, and my sister’s husband
works over there at one of the
INK: Do you like UNC’s campus?
BILLY: It’s nice because it’s
peaceful and quiet, but the students
need to learn to get along better. It
used to be that the lacrosse team
couldn’t get along with the football
players. I mean, you’re going to
the same school and we’re the same.
You know you play lacrosse and I
play basketball, so what’s the big
difference? I used to go to Player’s
(nightclub) and would see the
football players in one comer and
basketball players in the other
comer, and lacrosse players sort of
spread out. They wouldn’t be with
INK: So you used to hang out at
BILLY: Yes, but I hang out at
Rosey’s now (he laughs).
INK: Are you married?
BILLY: Are you crazy? Please!
INK: What is wrong with getting
BILLY: Marriage is just not for
me. I have one brother and two
more sisters and they have kids.
No thank you. I can keep the kids,
but I can take them home to their
parents. When I get up and want to
go out, I can go out. I don’t have to
come home to someone saying
that I didn’t get in until 3:00 in the
morning. Idon’twant awifesaying
for me to be in at such and such a
time. No thank you.
INK: Who do you normally go out
with when you hang out at Player’s
BILLY: Me, my sister, and some
of my friends go out to have a good
time. Most of the places you go to
have people ready to fight They
say, “You’re looking at my woman
man!” That’s not for me. We tell
people that we just came out to
have a good time. We didn’t come
INK; Tell me a little more about
BILLY: 1 hang out with highway
patrolmen. Me and the Orange
County sheriff go bike riding in the
summer. I went snow skiing, and
that was no fun.
INK: Why was snow skiing not
BILLY: Black people don’t snow
ski, trust me. It looked easy. Man,
they took me all the way up to the
top, and I ate snow from the top to
INK: What other things do you
like to do?
BILLY: Well, 1 Uied water skiing,
but that didn’t work out. We went
skiing at Jordan Lake, and let’s just
say I didn’t get on the skis that day.
I like jogging, basketball, and
football. I have one dog, but she
ran away (he laughs). 1 had one
INK: So, you just like enjoying
BILLY: Yes. I get up in the morning
and learn how to play frisbec disk.
I haven’t got the hang of it yet. I’ll
try to leam anything. I’m supposed
to be going with a friend of mine to
jump off a cliff and leam how to
hang glide. My mom said I would
get killed trying that sUipid mess.
INK: Do you live with your mother?
BILLY: No, I live in a trailer and
she lives in a house, but she doesn’t
live too far away from me.
INK: Do you have any children?
BILLY: No! 1 don’t need any
children...please! Working here,
you barely make ends meet.
INK: If you had a message to send
to all of the college students on
campus, what would it be?
BILLY: To live together in peace
and harmony. You don’t judge the
other guy because he’s black or
white. You have to ueat everybody
equal because fair is fair. I don’t
play favorites with anybody. If
you’ve got money, give. That’s the
way I was raised up by my grandma.
You know, like those old people
say: “If you’ve got a nickel, give