Red Sammy, "the fat man with the happy laugh" (27), is the owner of The Tower, the BBQ restaurant where the family stops for lunch. He's sad that people aren't trustworthy like they used to These days, he says, "a good man is hard to find," (43). He encounters a person of like mind in the grandmother. He appears to be the only person in the story who enjoys her conversation. The grandmother calls him a "good man," which seems fine by him. He also owns a monkey.