The Tale of Two Handbags

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The Tale of Two Handbags


Showbiz Mother (SM) and daughter (SD) went shopping for bags in a popular flea market in the metropolis. The bags were meant as holiday gifts for their friends and loved ones. SM and SD were haggling for the best price for the 10 pieces of knock-off bags that they were buying from the store. There were many other shoppers in the store as it was already the peak of the shopping season and there was mad rush everywhere. The store's sales staff (SS) (tinderas) were very busy attending to their customers.

SM, on the other hand, was busy haggling with one of the SS. After she was given a sizable discount of almost 50 percent, SS started packing and putting the items carefully inside the shopping bags (SB). SM wanted to speed up the process as there were a lot of other customers SS was attending to. Thus she and SD volunteered to help pack and put the bags inside the SB's while SS attended to the other buyers. When SM and SD finished, they paid for the items and left.

Suddenly, SS had a hunch that something had gone wrong. He immediately counted and mentally inventoried the remaining bags and lo and behold! Two pieces of bags were missing! He panicked and hurriedly ran after the mother and daughter who were walking amid the sea of shoppers. When SS caught up with them, he politely told them of his problem: That the two missing items could have been accidentally placed inside their shopping bags.

SM was furious and embarrassed at the same time as they were attracting people's attention. She told SS it's impossible that the missing bags were with them as they counted everything carefully. But in order to get it over and done with, she hesitantly gave in to SS to open the SB's one by one - and voila! The two bags were there!

It was such a painful situation to be in for the three of them at that very moment - as "uzi's" were looking. Both SS and SD had a hard time feigning a major embarrassment, and just couldn't hide it. Meanwhile, SS apologized and left quietly with the bags in tow.

Tip: Be smart. Avoid stepping on potential land mines.

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His Lowbrow Cost Cutting

Controversial and in-demand actor (CA) has been in showbiz long enough to be able to afford the comforts and luxuries in life and to make investments as he wishes. CA made it known to friends that he was interested to invest in a rest house, and that it had to be within the range of his budget of P20M.

Recently, he made a visit for a look-see to one of the properties being offered to him. The owner (OW) was with him during the "tripping" (a term used in real estate industry to mean a buyer's inspection of a property he is interested to buy). The property is seated on an exclusive enclave of the rich located in the southeastern part of Manila. The Chinese owner who was very low-key and simple, as most Chinese are, did not even properly introduce himself as the owner to CA. As he was being shown the property, CA kept mumbling and criticizing almost every aspect of the house. OW, although really slighted, kept his cool and was civil towards CA. Throughout the entire visit, CA did nothing but belittle the property. …

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