AO Platinum Member
Join Date: May 2013
County: Phnom Penh
I don't think I've ever borrowed more than a fiver from anyone other than my parents (or Financial Services Authority approved lenders). Even then it's been in dire emergencies like if I've forgotten my wallet. I would happily reciprocate if someone else was in the same pickle.
I felt guilt all weekend the other week because I forgot to give someone all of their change following a Friday morning bacon butty run. I returned said quid first thing Monday before I'd even taken my coat off and the woman in question thanked me because she'd completely forgotten.
I'm reminded of a tale told to me by my dad. He wanted to borrow a ladder and a bloke he knew a few doors down had one. The man in question was a peculiar individual, when I was a bit older he used to drive an old ambulance and he wore worn out old work suits to do DIY and gardening. So he'd be there in a suit, an old t-shirt and jesus sandals digging up spuds. I went to school with one of his kids who always had a funny smell about him.
My dad enquired about borrowing said ladders and got the response "Eeeh Alec, neither a borrower or a lender be" (The eeeh bit is how we all talk up here.) My dad was about to tell him to go **** himself then or something similar (he could be quite coarse and blunt my dad). But the man had a plan. "What we'll do" he said "is we'll have an agreement. I'll sell you my ladders for 5p (or 5d or half a sixpence or something. It was a long time ago). When you've done with them, you can sell them back to me for 5p". Personally I'd have been tempted to give him the 5p, take the ladders, then sell them in the classifieds of the Heywood Advertiser but may dad stuck to the agreement.
The moral of the story is this:
a) neither a borrower or a lender be;
b) if you must be a lender, get some bloody security from them like a pawnshop would.
Auto Express - six issues for a quid. Offer must end soon (and then immediately start up again).
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