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    You just can't win!

    The builder's roller blind chap came today to measure up my garage for roller doors (one remote, one manual), plus a roller door for the beauty salon, and I overheard the following conversation:

    Roller blind chap: What's this shop for?

    Builder: It's a beauty salon.

    RB Chap:Why do they want a beauty salon? It's a big house, they don't need the money.

    Builder:It's a hobby.

    RB Chap:So why do they want to make a mini-mart? (The garage has a ceiling, windows and a side door, etc)

    Builder:It's a garage.

    RB Chap:Why spend so much on a garage? They could make a mini-mart or 7-11?

    Builder (getting bored): I don't know.

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    RB Chap: farang bababobo, hab too mut money.

    Builder: not too much when we finish the job. Tom sook farang.

    RB Chap: how mut he pay you?

    Builder: special price for my friend, 2.5 x the going rate.

    RB Chap: samesame me. Him want more garage, beauty saloon or mini-mart, no ploblem.

    Builder: Okeydokey.

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    Why don't you want to make a minimart?

    I always thought it would be brilliant having a minimart. You could stand there shouting "this is not a library" all day.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pseudolus
    I always thought it would be brilliant having a minimart
    Sabang has one in his house. A non profit operation cuz he drinks all the beer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pseudolus View Post
    Why don't you want to make a minimart?

    I always thought it would be brilliant having a minimart. You could stand there shouting "this is not a library" all day.
    Our 7/11 staples the papers together these days and some of the books are sealed up in bags.

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    Quote Originally Posted by stroller View Post
    RB Chap: farang bababobo, hab too mut money.

    Builder: not too much when we finish the job. Tom sook farang.

    RB Chap: how mut he pay you?

    Builder: special price for my friend, 2.5 x the going rate.

    RB Chap: samesame me. Him want more garage, beauty saloon or mini-mart, no ploblem.

    Builder: Okeydokey.
    Ummm ... they're both Thai ... why would they speak pidgin English to each other?

    ... and since I'm paying half PD House's quote of 10 mill to the same spec, I'd love to know what you think the "going rate" is for a floor area of some 360sqm to PD House's standard spec!

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    Quote Originally Posted by stroller View Post
    RB Chap: farang bababobo, hab too mut money.

    Builder: not too much when we finish the job. Tom sook farang.

    RB Chap: how mut he pay you?

    Builder: special price for my friend, 2.5 x the going rate.

    RB Chap: samesame me. Him want more garage, beauty saloon or mini-mart, no ploblem.

    Builder: Okeydokey.
    Just to add, the "going rate" for a 4m wide, 3.50 high roller blind is 15k, plus 1k surcharge for a different colour to standard grey, and 40k for a powered r/c one, including fitting. As I live in Loei and they're coming from Udon 150 kms away that also includes transport.

    ... and they're included in the build price.

    Not all builders are rip-off merchants, and if you're lucky you find a good one. This time (admittedly for the first time after some real disasters, two of whom didn't pay their staff for work they had already done and did a runner) I was very, very lucky. In hindsight I was actually quite lucky in a way in those two cases too, as I didn't lose anything since the work I had paid for up to that stage had been done and it was the Thai staff who had been ripped off. Both sets of workers asked if they could finish their job working direct for me, which was better for them (at least they got paid!) and cheaper and easier for me as I didn't have to constantly check for shortcuts by the 'boss'.
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    I get the impression you are a guy who was born without any humour glands at all .



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    Quote Originally Posted by Wasp View Post
    I get the impression you are a guy who was born without any humour glands at all .



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    I found the conversation I quoted funny because of the contradictions from the RB chap. That was why I posted it.

    No offence to Stroller, but I just find that sort of stereotyping rather dull so I thought I'd try to put it into perspective (as I see it).

    Different things evidently amuse different people.

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    My apologies to whoever reported or deleted my second post. I thought it was clear that it was a humourous general parody, not directed at any individual nor intended to cause offense.

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    It's alright mate they fke'd up my roller door too.
    Aluminum sliding doors will keep u amused for a few months.

    Kitchen door hinge alignments are a right barrel of monkeys.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JohnG View Post
    Different things evidently amuse different people.

    Did you write that and then sniff in a supercilious manner ?



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    Roller blind chap: My name is Rattapong MT MT and MT. What's the MTs for you say? I get 5 baht back on each of them.

    Builder: Hooorah! Pauses for applause, not a sai krog. So this shop. Some sort of knocking shop, heh?

    RB Chap: Really? But people will see in! Doesn't this fool know these blinds are drawn, they're not real?

    Builder: Shush shush Somchai and whilst you are at it, put the cat out

    RB Chap: Why Rattapong?

    Builder: Because it's on fire. Now I need to get on that ledge there.

    RB Chap: Quick, stand on my shoulders and pull me up. When you are done, that smoldering cat wants to go out.

    Builder: How do you know?

    RB Chap: He's put his hat and coat on. Dash! It's home time, but the damn has broken

    Builder: We'll have to drink our way out.... gurgle gurgle... Burrpppp
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    Originally Posted by bsnub "No wonder I drive a tesla"

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    Quote Originally Posted by stroller View Post
    RB Chap: farang bababobo, hab too mut money.

    Builder: not too much when we finish the job. Tom sook farang.

    RB Chap: how mut he pay you?

    Builder: special price for my friend, 2.5 x the going rate.

    RB Chap: samesame me. Him want more garage, beauty saloon or mini-mart, no ploblem.

    Builder: Okeydokey.
    must be me, but I found it v/funny

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    Quote Originally Posted by JohnG View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by stroller View Post
    RB Chap: farang bababobo, hab too mut money.

    Builder: not too much when we finish the job. Tom sook farang.

    RB Chap: how mut he pay you?

    Builder: special price for my friend, 2.5 x the going rate.

    RB Chap: samesame me. Him want more garage, beauty saloon or mini-mart, no ploblem.

    Builder: Okeydokey.
    As I live in Loei and they're coming from Udon 150 kms away that also includes transport.

    '.
    You got a company name for who you used In Udon? been thinking of putting some remote blinds in.
    Cheers

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    Quote Originally Posted by stroller
    I thought it was clear that it was a humourous general parody
    no it wasn't clear as it was as humourous as a thai soap opera

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    Quote Originally Posted by stroller View Post
    My apologies to whoever reported or deleted my second post. I thought it was clear that it was a humourous general parody, not directed at any individual nor intended to cause offense.
    Wasn't me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Airportwo View Post
    You got a company name for who you used In Udon? been thinking of putting some remote blinds in.
    Cheers
    I'll check with the builder, as he's arranging it all.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JohnG View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Airportwo View Post
    You got a company name for who you used In Udon? been thinking of putting some remote blinds in.
    Cheers
    I'll check with the builder, as he's arranging it all.
    I haven't forgotten, Airportwo, but they've had to order the r/c roller blind from Bangkok which'll take another week, when they'll come back and finish fitting the other two, so I'd sooner wait until I can say what sort of job they do before passing their details on.

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    How's the mini mart business going, anyway? You got your top shelf of wank mags in yet?

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    Quote Originally Posted by pseudolus View Post
    How's the mini mart business going, anyway? You got your top shelf of wank mags in yet?

    Mini-mart, indeed.


    Sounds enthralling....and very original.


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    Quote Originally Posted by JohnG View Post
    The builder's roller blind chap came today to measure up my garage for roller doors (one remote, one manual), plus a roller door for the beauty salon, and I overheard the following conversation:

    Roller blind chap: What's this shop for?

    Builder: It's a beauty salon.

    RB Chap:Why do they want a beauty salon? It's a big house, they don't need the money.

    Builder:It's a hobby.

    RB Chap:So why do they want to make a mini-mart? (The garage has a ceiling, windows and a side door, etc)

    Builder:It's a garage.

    RB Chap:Why spend so much on a garage? They could make a mini-mart or 7-11?

    Builder (getting bored): I don't know.
    Funny idiot conversation, but you are ripped off.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Johannes Black View Post
    Funny idiot conversation, but you are ripped off.
    Could you elaborate on that?


    It's quite possible that I am "ripped off" and don't realise it, but I'd be interested to know how and over what, given that:

    i. The builder's paying for all three rollers as these were included in the contract, with no extra charge for the one r/c roller, so all I'm paying is 3,000 baht for all three.

    ii. The local charge for roller blinds, according to two shop houses that had
    them installed for themselves recently, is 15,000 baht each plus 1,000 baht for painting in a different colour. That's exactly what the builder and installer from Udon have both told me they cost, even though they are coming from Udon which is 150 kms away and they are in 22 gauge instead of the standard 24 gauge.

    iii. R/c electric rollers aren't available locally in Loei or even in Udon, so have to be ordered from Bangkok. 40,000 baht seems very expensive, with an additional 25,000 baht for the electric motor and r/c fitting, but I'm not paying the extra cost.

    iv. Comparing PD House's quote with my finished build cost to the exact same spec my build will cost half of what it would have cost if built by PD House or a certain well known farang builder.

    Why do you say / think I am "ripped off"?
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    Quote Originally Posted by JohnG View Post
    .... all I'm paying is 3,000 baht for all three.

    Bargain.
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