Missing Cell Phone
Ah Meng was laying down carpet in a wealthy
woman’s home. As he was finishing his job, he got a
sudden urge to light a cigarette. He looked around
for his pack of cigarettes but could not find it. Then
he noticed a bump in the carpet. “Oh damn it,” Ah
Meng cursed, “my pack of cigarettes is under the
carpet and I have laid the carpet over it.” He
decided not to take up the carpet…it would be too
much work. Instead he got a hammer and pound
the pack of cigarettes into the ground. He believed
no one would know.
When he had finished the hammering, the owner of
the house walked into the room and said, “Oh, you
have done a wonderful job laying the carpet in the
hall, Ah Meng. I am sure you must be looking for
your cigarettes. Here’s your pack. I found it in the
kitchen. Oh yes, by the way, did you see my hand
* Too often we make terrible mistakes by jumping
into conclusions based on what we see on a
superficial level. More investigation is needed.
* Some workers in carrying out a paid task do not do
an honest job. They cheat and cut corners. They will
leave to regret their dishonesty.
A Laugh 172
Letter to Company
Ah Thum tried a new shampoo for the first time. He
then wrote a letter of approval and praise to the
manufacturer. In the letter he said that he had found
the products of the Company to be excellent and that
he would tell his friends about them.
A few weeks later, after coming home from work, Ah
Thum found a large carton delivered to his house
under his name. When he opened the carton he found
inside free samples of the many products produced by
the Company: soaps, tooth paste, detergents, kitchen
ware and some other paper items.
“Well, Ah Thum, you must be very happy getting all
these free stuff,” his wife said smiling. “What are you
going to do next?”
“Soon,” Ah Thum said, “I am going to write to
* Fortune smiles upon us sometimes. But ‘Good Luck”
strikes once in a while.
* When greed sets in a person, he wants more and
more. He can become unrealistic and unreasonable.