January 19, 2008

Are You Honest?

This little thought occurred to me as I was going home after a great workout session at the gym on Wednesday.

Recently, this particular shopping complex has decided to change the parking rates from a per-entry charge to hourly rates. That means, staying any longer at this shopping complex is going to be more expensive!!

As I walked towards the parking lot, two businessmen walked behind me. I happened to pick up their conversation... Not that they were speaking softly either...

Businessman #1: Parking here is hourly now...
Businessman #2: Yeah.. RM1.50 per hour!
Businessman #1: Yeah but the gym here can stamp your ticket and give you RM3 flat rate.
Businessman #2: Ok...
Businessman #1: Come, let's go and get it stamped!
Businessman #2: But, we are not from the gym...
Businessman #1: Don't worry... We just go in......

I didn't care to listen any further.

Seems to me that I happened to run into a couple of "scrupulous" businessmen.

How many of you are really honest?

Would you try to manipulate the system to cater for your own "selfish" needs?

8 comments:

  1. and they are businessmen??????

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  2. Can't really say that i'm 100% honest... tactful white lies are sometimes essential :) ........... but being unscrupulous/unethical is a no no.

    What the "business men" did is just low.... maybe it really reflects the "business" mindset in Malaysia? :D

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  3. They don't need to cheat, really!! If you're to go for window shopping or even really shopping, lets say bout 2 hours on average(unless you're a shopaholic), you still pay rm 3, so what's the point?? By the way, how do you know both of them were businessmen?? Your accomplice ar? Wakaka, joking!!

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  4. wa. they parked their cars there whole week is it? if not, shouldn't have that much different what. anyway, the gym should ask the person to prove he is a member before stamping it.

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  5. Cannot help! I won't declare myself as 100% honest, so do you, right? Sometimes we just need to be dishonest. If we have been honest all the time, some other people might want to take advantage on us.

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  6. hahaa.. seems this is the standard behaviour of Malaysian le.. I can say almost 80% of people are like that lol..

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  7. Don't tell me the gym will blindly stamp their parking tickets without asking for identification....

    But I think if one can manipulate the system, one will do it...(based on human trait)

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  8. Hi everyone!

    zewt - yep.. they were. dressed up in their normal shirt, tie n pants.

    vincent - hahahaa... kiasu businessmen? hehehe.. i agree, hard to say that we're 100% honest. what about the white lies we tell others and ourselves?

    sylvester - lol! yeap, even i don't take > 2hrs at the gym. nope.. they were just walking behind me... :-S

    alvin - yeap.. but not sure if the gym personnel will cave in or not. lol...

    jam - hahaha.. yeap. sometimes, hv to be a bit smart but i think it's really cheapskate of them to be so cheapskate about parking.

    keeyit - hey! great to see you again. hahaa.. yea, our kiasu spirit to manipulate the system.. always.

    che-cheh - hmmm... that's true. if given the opportunity, most of us will manipulate/abuse the system to the max. however, would we have guilty feelings after that? (^ ^)

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