Taken for a ride

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Carol Kayser of Jo­han­nes­burg writes

I read the edi­tor’s let­ter in the Jan­uary 2018 is­sue and I agree whole­heart­edly with the strug­gle to re­mem­ber too many pass­words!

An­other thing that gets my stress lev­els sky high is pay­ing de­posits – R3 000 for paving, R5 000 for paint­ing the roof, R8 000 for sand­ing the floors etc., etc., etc. I can’t eat, sleep or re­lax af­ter pay­ing de­posits. I pray, pray and pray again that I haven’t been taken for a ride (nowa­days, the most trust­wor­thy sud­denly can’t be trusted – even if you’ve done your home­work or they come “highly rec­om­mended”).

“Oh, ye of lit­tle faith” is the re­frain that goes round in my mind. Then, if they do come back and fin­ish the job, one is al­ways asked for ex­tra funds be­cause only now do they re­alise that the job was big­ger than quoted! Hence, my bath­room is still van­ity-free af­ter a tiling job and my back gar­den is still full of lum­ber.

Then there’s the is­sue of tak­ing my pets to the vet, who al­ways has to ‘check some­thing else’ just to make sure. I cringe when I hear those words be­cause I can never say NO!

Thank you for a su­per mag­a­zine – and good luck with the pass­words!

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