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The Madness of MokcikNab
Motives, movements and melodrama in the life of a thirty something mum.


Thursday, June 19, 2008
Urinating on Utility

In Indonesia, utility companies don't send you bills unless you request it, and you have to take the initiative to find out how much you owe them and pay the amount at the bank. Such muddlers that we are, we sometimes forget to pay on time. So far the utility company would just send us a notice to pay and we'd settle the bill, and all is well.

Yesterday though, the man who sent us the warning notice asked for money, and threatened to cut off supply if we didn't cough up. I was too sick to deal with him, so I called my husband home. When Saiffuddin arrived, the man had doubled his original asking price. (He had other friends with him, and he was being thoughtful). My husband told him he'd comply, and asked him to wait for a moment.

He went inside the house, took the right amount of rupiah notes, peed on the money, and carefully fanned them dry. He then handed the money to the utility guy, while making sure that the guy grabbed the urinated end.

Needless to say, Saiffuddin was happy for the rest of the day.



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