Do you understand what NO means?

The cousin-in-law needed to change some currency. We stood in queue at a money changer, and were discussing how much she should change. She commented that she shouldn't bother to change too much, since shopping could be done using her credit card.

We don't know if it is her strong British accent, but a man in front of us turned and said (too with a British accent): You shouldn't use a credit card, it is too expensive. He then shook his head and turned his back on us. We didn't bother replying because he spoke in an off-handed, nonchalant manner.

When he finished changing his money, he turned again, and said: Don't use a credit card. Here! And then proceeded to hand over a S$50 bill peeled off from his wad of notes to my cousin-in-law.

She immediately refused and said loudly and clearly: No, I don't want it.

He obviously did not understand a No when he hears it, because before we knew it, he stuffed the note in her bag and walked away!

We didn't realise quite what happened until we looked down at her bag and saw the note there. We looked up and couldn't see where he went anymore. We were furious! Why would a complete stranger force money down on us? We were obviously not needing it and clearly said NO. It was almost as if he was making a point that he has more than enough money and a S$50 is no big a deal.

The cousin-in-law refused to keep the money and asked me to donate it to my church for community work.

There are all sorts in our world.

12 comments:

imp said...

what a strange person!! free money!! wahahah.

he's quite silly. with the competitive exchange rates now, credit card purchases overseas aren't that much more expensive anymore! unless, of course, u count the cents and 5 dollars...

Little Miss Snooze said...

Strange! And definitely pompous!

nuttyjas said...

really nutty!

corsage said...

imp: Very strange, and rude! The really dumb thing was that she wanted Malaysian Ringgit and not Singapore Dollars!

lms: Indeed!

nuttyjas: Haha. Yep!

moo said...

Such a strange character!

madmoneymonkey said...

Hahaha, I wouldn't mind it if someone stuffed $50 into my bag!!

corsage said...

moo: Yep!

madmoneymonkey: I wouldn't take money from a stranger! He was kind of rude about it too =P

The Rust said...

I would have asked for more money. hahaha!

corsage said...

the rust: OK! I shall remember to do that the next time it happens. I think it will be a shock factor to the giver. HAHA

The Rust said...

Ya! u can say... "wat? $50 only? I was expecting $200!"

the person might reply a) "I don't owe u..." or b) "I was just being kind/generous etc."

And then u can reply... a) "yes, u don't. so please don't act like u do." or b) "obviously NOT kind/generous enough. So either u give me more money or u don't give at all".

Either way, u have the last say and u make ur point! ;) And if that person does pull out $200, well, then u have a couple more reasons to buy that shoe u've been eyeing! ;)

corsage said...

the rust: Haha, yes it is always so easy to come up with these smart things to say AFTER the incident lor.

The Rust said...

yes, obviously!