This blog is following on from my blog yesterday regarding the broken air conditioner.
I gave my son some money and asked him to bring a man from the repair shop to have a look at the air conditioner. He called me later on the phone at work and said that a new motor was needed. I agreed, Ascander gave the man the money and off he went to get the motor. I got home from work just after 1 pm and they were still trying to get the air con to work.
There was lots of banging and shouting, so I left them and Ascander to get on with it. I had something to eat and then nodded off on the sofa for an hour. I woke at four to find they were still at it. I was a little concerned....I mean how long does it take to fit a motor in an air conditioner??
I went out to the garden where they were working and it was there that I was told that the motor was broken. I told the man to go back to the shop and change it. He said he had tried but the man would not give the money back, or change it for a working one. I was looking at this man thinking that he had to be no more than 16 years old- either he knew a secret about skincare that I didn't, or I was now involved in child labour. I told him to get in the car and that we would go together to get the money back and then buy a new one. He then started calling me "mama" and asking me not to go to the shop. He told me that he was doing the job without his boss knowing and the man, where he got the motor, was a friend of his boss, who is also the boy's father. He was afraid of a beating from his dad. Anyway, I bundled him, his workmate, and Ascander in the car along with the broken motor. He made me promise that I was not driving him to the dodgy man, his father or the police station. Reluctantly I promised.
Anyway to cut a long story short, I ended up buying a new motor- I had now spent 30 rial for a ten rial job (£48). It is now about 10 pm, and they had been at it since 9am. He fits the motor and then Ascander comes in and says it’s a Chinese motor and the wires are not the same- if he wires it up the motor will blow up. Now the first motor was also Chinese and so I put two and two together and work out that the first motor was not damaged and that this lad had wired it up and blown the thing himself. I' m getting a little pissed off now and told him to sort it and that he does not leave this house until he has- he wanted to come back today to finish it off- Yeah right as if he going to come back to the menopausal woman's house! He sent for another man and he came to try- he would not do it as it was Chinese. Finally another man came and fitted it and then the cheeky fucker asked me to pay him for the installation. I refused told the lad that he had to pay him. This is where Ascander said....."Mum do you know how old that man is?" No I said. Ascander then told me he was 15.
The air conditioner was now working and the lad wanted to speak to me. I went out to the garden and he said “I am sorry mama”. I had a lump in my throat and I just wanted to take the lad in, give him a good meal and let him play Xbox like kids his age should be doing. I was angry that his was dishonest to his dad and boss. I told him the only person that suffered from this was me as I had to pay for two motors.
The last thing he said to Ascander as he showed him out the gate was "I'm never going to do this again"
I didn't sleep too well last night thinking about the whole thing. I am glad I didn't tell his father, I would not be able to forgive myself he was beaten because of this- I also feel stupid for letting him get away with it. I hope he really did learn from this yesterday and that it was a learning experience for him that he will never forget. It certainly was for me!