Have you ever been cheated at the market place?
I have seen this...not only once but many times! as far as I can remember.
I am a type of person who likes to invest in loyalty, honesty and fair dealing. Once I like a "tindera" or seller/dealer, I have the tendency to become a "suki"or regular customer or shop and I am a type of customer who recommends the stall of my "suki"to others.
I saw this cheating done by a chicken seller in the wet market which I was trying to be a regular customer or "suki". We all know very well that most seller now uses digital weighing scale and this is what she uses. She shouted the price of chicken as Php 125.00 per kilo to attract customers but then tricked them by being fast in weighing it with Php 135.00 punched in her scale. I got disappointed. So I asked her again the price and she repeated Php 125.00 per kilo. I handed her a whole chicken and looked at the price punched in the scale...still it's Php 135.00 and I asked her to change it to the dealing price of Php 125.00. I got my items on dealing price but to my dismay when someone came and bought a chicken she quickly changed the amount to Php 135.00 while shouting Php 125.00. How disappointing! We need to be smart on this kind of merchant.
I never return to her stall again.
I was also a "suki" of vegetable seller in our small town market. I never asked for "tawad" or discount for every single item while I am in the process of shopping and I usually take all the vegetables I need for several days in her shop at one shopping. I trusted her enough to give me the discount since I have observed that she was not charging me too high on our earlier deals. I only take discounts on the final total price. One day, while shopping in her stall, I happened to meet the owner of the stall who gave me a price of the radish as Php 20.00 per kilo. I smiled and said to her that I would be glad to have my vegetable computed by her assistant which is my "suki". I got a piece of radish which weigh 250 grams so I knew it was Php 5.00 only. To my surprise she listed the item as Php 10.00! when I asked why ,she said, the price of the radish is Php 40.00 per kilo! What a disappointment! Totally overpriced!
The next shopping day, I chose to buy to different shops. It is harder but I think it is wiser that way. I still have some favorite shops for fish and other stuff but it is wiser to check on other stalls as well for better service, good price and better items.
So you see, I am not the only one who get's disappointed when cheating is done...even God is.