Some people are really so desperate to sell that they would literally offer you the hair on their heads just to get you to buy…carpets. OK, I am in the midst of moving home….maybe within a couple of weeks, fingers crossed, I would have completely crossed-over to the other side. For those of you who have experienced the horrendous stress of moving house, please…pray for me, that I don’t go crazy before I get to enjoy the new house. So, naturally, I am looking for some stuff lor. Like curtains, carpets, storage space, plants (yeah, go figure), more plants (trying to build a forest outside my house) and flowery plants (they’re different from just plants) and then a chili plant (this is a fruit, not just a plant or a flower). I need a large carpet but am thinking very carefully about it – hair, hair and more hair….eugh! And dust. I walk past this area where they had huge carpets for sale. I made a very significant mistake of stopping to look. The moment I touched one of the carpets, two Nepalese workers FLEW, literally SOARED to my side. And this is what happened.
Nepalese 1 This is very good, maam. Come straight from factory. Very good quality. From this side, it looks very different. From this side, it looks very dark. No other people in this WORLD has this carpet, maam. No one. Me Er….wait ah. Let me look firstI try to worm my way out since I was being sandwiched by these two Nepalese…they with their claws out, me with a bloody mobile phone to kill them with.
Nepalese 1 Look, maam. This rug, the hair no come out. It’s VERY GOOD quality.He grabbed one of the rugs and tugs at the carpet VERY HARD. Nothing happened and he smiled. But I bent down and swept a careless hand over the carpet and saw some….er…..loose ends? Anyway, he tugged so hard, I was pretty sure he would have made some damage to steel.
Nepalese 2 Wait, maam. Only for you, only today, you are VERY LUCKY. We give you special-special promotion price.He proceeded to whip out his calculator and punch in some numbers. Cannot tell me straight to the face…must communicate SECRET PRICE with a calculator. Sigh….all this is beginning to make me feel a little bit like James Bond liao lor….maybe the calculator will self-destruct once he finish bargaining with me, who knows? He shows me the new SPECIAL PRICE.
Me Wah….this one still very expensive. Wait, let me take a look at the other ones first Nepalese 1 Maam, this one very good.Walks over to one more pile of carpet
Nepalese 1 This very different design. Nobody in the WORLD has it, maam. I promise you. You take it now and I give you another SPECIAL PRICE.My kids are beginning to roll around on the carpet
Nepalese 2 See, see, see? Your kids choose for you. OK, we sell you that carpet for another SPECIAL PRICE, ok? Here….Taps into calculator again and show me. I stopped to look because I was curious (and hoping that the self-destruct feature don’t act up before I leave) but these buggers didn’t want to even leave me alone to check out the carpets. They kept on pushing and pushing and pushing for me this one, that one, this one, that one, special promo, no hair come out, light here, dark there…... In fact, they pushed so far and hard that I decided there and then that I would go to IKEA and get a simple rug, damn it! But that’s not the clincher. This one is.
Nepalese 2 (wiggling his eyebrows at me) Only today, if you buy the carpet now, I carry this to your car. And I also spend you dinner.WWWWAAAHHHHHHHH!!!! Spend dinner summore, fulamak! Where to find????? I managed to escape their claws when they asked me for my phone number. I gave them an old number, one that I lost liao and not using anymore wan. Hee hee hee…. I go to this shopping center quite often lah, that’s the sad thing. Instead of passing through the ‘carpet area’, I have to sneak outside, walk under sun and rain just to get to Giant where I usually purchase my groceries. You tell me lah, niamah or not lidat???