The plumber came around this morning to change one of my water faucets that is damaged. While repairing it, he damaged a regulator and I told him to get a new one.
He called his colleague back at the shop and spoke in his native language. He asked for the price of the regulator and a chemical I asked him to buy. I understood everything he said because it was on speaker but I was mute.
When he dropped the call, he increased the price 3x, believing I didn’t understand the numbers the receiver called out in their native language.
I gave him money to buy extra materials he needed for the work and when he was done, I gave him an additional tip of ₦500 on his workmanship fee for a job well done.
Then I told him I heard everything he said in his native language but I’m not angry. He should just be careful next time because everyone may not understand his business motive.
“If you want to inflate the price, keep your conversation more discreet. You don’t know how many languages I understand.”
He felt really guilty and offered to return the extra money, but I told him to keep it.
In a capitalist economy, guilt is an asset, especially if the person has a conscience.
Right here, he will always be available and diligent enough anytime I need his services.
Hope you’re having a good Sunday?
Till we get to the Promised Land, I shall be waiting for when you will pass me a glass of water and thank God for the gift of grace for the race.

Published by Ernest I.

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