I don’t know about you guys…but I find it hard to trust strangers to approach you and offer you some too-good-to-be-true deal with no strings attached…
Yesterday, while waiting for my ride home, some guy came up to me and asked:
He: “Excuse me, do you work here?”
*alarms ringing in my head*
Run away…run away…don’t talk to strangers!
Me: “Yeah.” (hesistantly)
He: “Which firm?”
I pointed to the office door.
He: “Oh…Is it [a] legal [firm]?
Me: “No, accounts.”
He: “Oh…do you know anyone with IT background looking for job? I’m looking for an assistant. I’m a remisier.”
Me: “Oh? Remisier?”
He: “Yeah, my office is just over there. HwangDBS.”
Points to a building somewhere that is not exactly in sight.
Me: “What kind of assistant you looking for? To do what actually? Software?”
He: “No, just some key-in and…”
Me: “Data entry lah?”
He: “Yea, liddat lah.”
Me: “Then don’t need IT knowledge lah…”
He: “At least must know how to use computer lah.”
Me: “I’m sure anyone know that.”
He: “So, you graduate from where?”
He: “Oh…so how long have you been working here?”
Me: “Just started actually.”
He: “Oh? I see…you know how much graduates are looking to be paid when working?”
Me: “Don’t know wo..”
He: “Yea,well how much they pay you?”
Me: “Less than 1.”
He: “Really ah? Well, usually liddat lah if you work for people. You not interested in working for yourself? That’ll be good.”
Me: “Dunno wo..”
He: “Well, you see, in my field, not a lot of Bumis you know. In my office only one…I see you still young, maybe you’d like to try apply to become a remisier or a paid broker?”
Me: “Wha? Dunno wo..”
He: “Really, it’s goodlah…work for yourself rather than work for people…get paid allowance 1.2…add commission to that…”
He: “Yeah…and if you got lotsa big clients can earn quite a lot…”
Me: “Yea, but you need a lot of contacts liddat.”
He: “True…but, if you have a few big clients enough oledi to earn up to 5 a month…Maybe if you become remisier and your dad got big big contacts like Alfred Jabu (Deputy Chief Minister (DCM) of Sarawak) ka…so-and-so ka…then sure can lah…but if just kampong kampong only no need lah…”
Soon-to-be Datuk Archibald can or not? ;p
Me: “So what the requirements you people look for?”
He: “Nothing lah…just a degree and then you have to get a license lah…sit for the exam. Not exam lah, just 2 papers only. Then you can oledi join the company and become remisier or paid broker lah..”
Me: “What’s the difference?”
He: “Well, remisier you get paid allowance then you work for yourself, get your own clients and get commission lah. Paid broker are paid salary and work for the company…but me, I don’t want to be paid broker cos I prefer working for myself. Paid broker you know how much you get every month…remisier it all depends on yourself…”
He: “So you interested? I see you still young you should try work for yourself than work for people lah…we looking for people to join our field this, especially bumis.”
Me: “Dunno wo…so you would be interviewing them?”
He: “No lah…if you interested also, it’s not in my interest. I’m just encouraging people to join us lah. You know, I was a lecturer in UiTM for 15 years before I became a remisier.”
Me: “Really? How come I’ve never seen you?”
He: “I left in 2000. You not yet join?”
Me: “I joined in 2001.”
He: “Yea, I got my license long time ago but had to wait till 2000 to become remisier cos we can only join if got Bumi join…1 Bumi join = 3 of us can join.”
Me: “Oh quota lah?”
He: “Yea…So you waiting for your boyfriend?”
Me: “My brother.”
He: “Oh…no boyfriend yet lah…goodla, focus on career first.”
He: “I’m actually waiting for my kids this.”
There is a school nearby and lotsa people were waiting to fetch their kids.
He: “Yea…got daughter Form 5 and son Form 4.”
He: “Yea, so that’s why I always tell my daughter, don’t get into any commitments yet la…focus on career first…”
He: “So anyways, I really have to go now. Feel free to drop by my office sometime or maybe if you’re free, can call me we go out for drink.”
He: “So can give me your number or you want my number or…”
Me: “Give me your number lah.”
He: “Ok, 019…”
Me: “019…and you would be…?”
He: “Better I give you my card lah…”
Me: “Oh, Mr Chin.“
He: “So what’s your number? You don’t call…”
He: “Oh…and your name…”
He: “Can you make 10,000 doing this [accounts]?”
Me: “I don’t think so…any you can?”
He: “Can…so it was nice meeting you. Feel free to call me or drop by my office lah.”
He: “Ok, so see ya!”
WTF just happened?!
I just gave my number to a stranger?!!!!
*alarms ringing again*
Fortunately, it wasn’t MY number he got…it was my 2nd line which I don’t plan to use for long. *Phew!*
Still, that weird conversation, given the circumstances, got me to thinking…For real ah this guy?
So when I got home and went OL that night I did a little research on the company he said he was from…quite true, they WERE looking for people…I guess still are…and notice the not-so-fine print (in BLUE) at the bottom of the page…Not so subtle huh?
Nevertheless, I still feel that come this stranger out of nowhere and tells me of this “good” opportunity…there’s got to be a catch…what does HE get outta this?
God forbid, I just hope he wasn’t trying to hit on me…
He’s got the money…
Looks? Not so.
But c’mon lah…he’s got to be at least 20 YEARS my senior AND a DAD!
I’m no Siti or Ashton ok?
Gosh…but that offer to go for drinks really bugged me somehow.
Hmmm…well, what do you guys make of all this?