When helping a friend in need isn’t enough.

Hi Accented friends.

Over these last few days my co worker needed help badly and it seemed to me like I was the only one who could help. Her family did not even seem to want to put in the effort to help her.

So what looked like a cool idea for her to visit Bankok, turned around for the worse. She just wanted to take a break from work to experience Thailand and what it had to offer.

Two days ago I got a message from her asking if I could borrow her some money. To be honest, I didn’t think I’d be able to help someone out financially as I was in the same boat of trying to get by not too long ago. Anyway, I had a busy day working and meeting deadlines. I also wanted to take a break as I was enjoying the benefits of a fixed up, fully working car. She told me her phone got stolen and a some of her money.

I felt that this was my moment of seeing how far I would go to help her. I didn’t think it should’ve been that much of a stretch for me and what I needed to do was just to do a simple transaction at Western Union, but it wasn’t as simple as it sounded. I had just started writing my fourth book and I was also donating plasma which is part of my weekly pledge that day.

When I was done with all this, I had time to do the money wiring. I informed her that I was at Western union, but she never responded. I waited for about 30 minutes before I decided to drive off. It’s about an hour to drive home from there, but then as I was about 20 minutes away from my house, she then called and that was when I had to keep in mind why I was helping her.

I needed to go back, but I googled for the closest Western Union place that luckily happened to be 18 minutes from where I was. It was Walgreens with a self help Western Union computer. The only problem was that I had 35 minutes left before the place was closing. So I rushed over there and had 10 minutes or so left by the time I got there.

As I’m completing the wiring, one of the staff members informed me even if I complete the wiring, the store will close in a couple minutes, but the transaction will take about 15 more minutes to process. This meant that I did not have enough time to complete it. So I attempted to proceed anyway, but nowhere was there a box asking for the address to which I’m sending the money to. I did it anyway. No information about what I did appeared on the screen. It did not tell me whether the money was sent or not. So I tried again, but when it came to click “send”, it read “duplicate transaction”.

By then the store had closed and I asked the staff member what had just happened. He informed me that the computer never sent anything and it was too late to do another attempt. He also told me: “These computers are sometimes tricky that way”.

So there I was, disappointed about the fact that I could not help my co worker who at the time was riddled with panic. I had to break the news to her, but out of her being frantic, got frustrated at me for not being able to complete the transaction.

She did apologize afterwards, because she finally got some guy who liked her, help her out with using PayPal.

I was so tired because I had to drive another fifty minutes back home.

I really felt good about myself even though I couldn’t help out the way I wanted to.

My next experience will be dealt with better next time. So I welcome another challenge.

Till next time.

The Accented Guy, Quinnie

Author: Quinton R

AUTHOR BIO It's a tree with a chair on top and Jesus is balancing the chair while a black cat is charging at Jesus. This is how Quinton remembers phone numbers. Friend: "So when you get to Rice Street, you need to turn left". Quinton: "Ok, give me a second to memorize that. Yes, I can see mice all over that street eating at the rice, hence the street name. The mice are all leaning to the left and at the same time they have tattoos on their foreheads that reads "L" for loser. Oh, and they're sad, because they are all losers" Quinton is a South African native who literally is a "Jack of all Trades". Born in Cape Town, South Africa in 1977 during Apartheid. His ADHD as a child has helped him to early on in his life figure out how to think and do things the unconventional way without him knowing it was actually a very unusual way. He had a fairly good childhood upbringing according to himself. He couldn't understand why he wasn't suppose to interact with "white" people during that time, but that didn't deter him from asking questions and being inquisitive. He had built bikes so he could do stunts, learned how to juggle, taught himself to be a gymnast, studied the tennis pro's by meticulously copying every single move they made, played amateur soccer and held the highest record among his friends for tapping a football over a thousand times in one take, co founded an a Capella group called Young Ambition where he was the lead singer, was a stand up comedian for 6 months, annoyed his teachers at school, was the life of the party everywhere he went, toured the U.S, got married to an American, had two daughters, got divorced after 11 years and currently an online entrepreneur. Oh, he also created online YouTube music, calls himself "The Accented Guy" and taught himself to play the keyboards, became a skilled jazz musician, because his voice started giving in. He's played with well known bands all over town and in other states. He experimented using Jazz to incorporate it into heavy metal, rock, European progressive classical music etc. and also studied languages whereby his goal is to speak Spanish fluently by the end of 2017

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