Mr Designer's new business partner treated a client for buka puasa last Wednesday. He invited me to join them. Okay, this is rather interesting. That guy rans his own media buying agency. Mr Designer would manage the creative work and he thought I would make a good copywriter. So, I best complement their team. That kind of concept development and writing doesn't take much time, I could always do it on a freelance basis.
The client is okay, nice. We had a good meal though the buffet wasn't well replenished. At the end, after Maghrib prayer, Mr Designer said his partner was looking for me and waiting for me downstairs. Okay, that sounds weird, why were we leaving the client on their own? I checked my phone, there were 5 missed calls from his partner. Then, an sms came in. His credit card was declined and he needed a favour. The amount was RM443. He would give me his company cheque the next day. Wow! That is a significant amount.
Mr Designer was uneasy because he knew exactly my principle on lending money. I wouldn't lend him RM2k (or even RM500) when he desperately needed it. If I have a choice, I would run. But, I didn't. There wasn't an ATM nearby either. It would have been better if he could sign a cheque and give it to me there and then. We couldn't ask the client to pay, could we? LOL! Anyway, we had a good laugh over it.
His partner also happens to be his soon-to-be ex-boss and my ex-friend's ex-business partner. That is another story. Mr Designer finally decided that he has enough of her stupidity and slavery. On Monday, she asked him to return her laptop the very next morning. He couldn't work without it. That really infuriated him. He was also using it for outside work, so when I met him on Monday night, he was frantically calling up his friends to borrow their external hard disk. He needed to move his files. It was already after 11pm, nobody was at their office or available. Actually, I planned to buy myself one as I needed to save my increasing photo collection, my laptop is already overloaded and too slow. So, I gave him RM160 and asked him to get one for me, but he could use it first. Gosh, he was really thankful.
Interestingly, the next day, he didn't return her laptop. He didn't pick up her calls or turn up at the office the whole day, and even on the next day. His partner and I were really amazed. He is so soft spoken and mild mannered, who would have thought he could be so defiant when treated wrongly. She only paid him 1/3 of the agreed salary. He busted his ass for her company; he stayed up all night to finish creative work so they could take in more business. She kept on calling his friend who recommended him, non-stop, to pass threats to him. She wanted to lodge a police report that he has her assets.
He also has her car. When she gave him that, she told me that she was moving overseas soon and somebody needed to maintain the car. Recently, she turned around and asked him to return it on the third day of Raya. Damn arrogant. However, he calmly told us that he has a letter to state that he was given the company's facilities and he didn't get any letter to indicate that he was terminated from his job. So, it was legal. LOL!
At first, I asked him to hold on for a few hours only, until he finished transferring his files. But since he had already delayed it for 2 days, why not torture her for 1 more day? I have to admit that I am still mad at her. She deserved all that. Hehe... I am bad influence, and he called me his advisor:p. For the last few days, he was running around trying to buy a car fast. A first, he was hoping to get it middle next week. Yesterday, he found out that he could only get it a week after Raya. Too bad, initially, he was planning to send me to the airport and then pick me up after Raya.
Anyway, he said it's not nice to hold on to people's thing for too long. Therefore, he wanted to return them last night. He'd asked me to forward some bullet points to him, so he could blast her face to face. I did. I'm dying to hear the outcome. Unfortunately, I fell asleep after 8.30pm right until sahur, so I still don't know what happened, hehe...