Tuesday, July 19, 2005

RM50

I am sure every organization has one or two eccentric employees. We have a few.
Last week, in the office I met this guy who works in another department. He usually keeps to himself and I hardly know him.

He suddenly pulled me aside and in a whisper asked “Adam, can I borrow RM50 from you.” I didn’t have RM50 at that moment and told him that I could give it to him later. Unfortunately I forgot all about it. Maybe subconciously I didn't want to give him the money. Due to some few bad past experiences, I hesitate before lending money to people I hardly know (and even to people I know).

However, this Sunday I suddenly received a call from him - “Adam, you promised to give me RM50 last week.” Although I had money in my wallet, I don’t know why, I lied. I told him that I didn’t have RM50 at that moment.

After that, I was overcome with a sense of guilt and imagining a lot of things. Maybe he is in some deep shit, etc., etc. I also called up my advisor (my wife) and she told me to give the money – “after all its only RM50”. Yeah! My wife has a kind heart.

So I quickly called him up and told him that I had the RM50. I was surprised, he came right away to my office and I passed him the money after giving some sheepish reasons - hard time with my monetary reserves, paying off my bills and buying baby stuff... (What short of explanation is that?).

After some stupid exchange of words he left my office. I was left wondering. He didn’t tell me why he needed the money or when he would return the money. Also why didn’t he ask for more?

Anyway, it only RM50.

11 comments:

nin said...

I dont know RM 50 is how much in Indian currency....But sometimes we cant be so rude.....
Now its all over.....
lets hope for the best....

Adam said...

At the current exchange rates, it's around Rs572.

Lucia Lai said...

RM50 IS a lot... well to me at this time when i'm quite broke.

well i suppose if it is not often, it's ok to lend the RM50. and when we lend money to someone not close, better make it small since we expect it not to be return.

Din said...

RM50 =~6 Pirated DVDs = 12+ hours of entertainment.

RM50 is a lot of money.

chics said...

i also feel reluctant to lend money to people who i didn't know that well.based on experinced they never pay back and i hate it

8dee said...

RM50 is quite a lot of money and sometime not, depending on what you use it for.

All the best in getting it back.

BabyPink said...

mr. adam, would you know how much is RM50 in philippines peso?:)

and, that man is really weird.:)

Adam said...

Lucia, Fahruddin, Chics, 8dee: Thaks for your comment guys. Yes, I remember when I sometime have only a few bucks in my pocket and

Babypink: Hey, no need to use Mr. Thats too formal. Rm50 is about 734 Philippine Pesos at the present rate.

narrowband said...

If me, I'd ask what's the money for. Lending is always okay, just hope he doesn't come and ask for more.

lainieyeoh said...

he waited a whole week for rm50?

it's always good to ask when they're returning it, ysee, saves awkward questions and allows you to remind them gently ;)

madder said...

I also feel reluctant lending money to people because I am so naive and people tend to take advantage of me.

There's this makcik in my workplace who keep hitting me up for a loan and I always lend her some because I feel sorry for her... Usually after borrowing my money she would disappear for days and days and would only re-appear again when she needed more money... After a few cycle of disappearing and re-appearing, I got tired of this makcik.... nowadays, whenever I saw her trying to approach me I deliberately ignore her..

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