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