Today, karma happened; I did something naughty, and got punished for it.
I’d been in possession of an old, slightly tired laptop with a dent on its lid for some months, which sat bored and unused in a cupboard in the living room, waiting to be dealt with someday in the future. Early last week, I finally took it to a shop that buys used laptops, DVDs, etc. Something like a pawn shop, but more of an “upmarket” one. (Who am I kidding – it was a pawn shop.)
They told me they’d buy it for $480 and I tried to keep a poker face. You see, I thought I’d get no more than $200 for it. To think I’d had $480 sitting inside a dusty cupboard for so many months! I just couldn’t believe it. I asked the gentleman behind the counter if he’d be so kind as to put all of my photos, music and documents on my external hard drive, a process we soon discovered would take approximately 36 hours. The lovely man offered to make it happen overnight, I’d just have to return in the morning. However, the next morning happened to be a public holiday, and I was unable to get into the city all other days that week, so I ended up returning today.
I got greedy in the meantime. Perhaps this has something to do with knowing I’d be $480 richer, and it is in our nature as first world humans to want more once we get more. Who knows.
Anyway, I returned to the shop to pick up my loaded hard drive, and to collect my cash winnings. But here’s what happened: the man behind the counter was new, one I hadn’t dealt with previously. I took advantage of the situation and explained that myself and his co-worker had agreed on a price of $500 last week. And with that lie, things went downhill just as good morals should have it. The new man called his boss (the man I’d dealt with last week) to come from his office and look at the computer. The man came out, and explained that he remembered me but couldn’t explain the price he’d told me, but knew it mustn’t have been $500 as my computer was not in $500 worth of condition. He told me he’d buy it for $470. In a coy, flirty manner I pushed for $480. He said no way, so I agreed.
I walked out with my tail between my legs, and $10 poorer – and boy did I deserve it.