Lending money to people in Thailand

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I am not happy! Its the 18th of September 2013 and I have just thrown away 5000b – well, I think I have. A friend, a Thai friend has asked to borrow 5000b and I said I would lend it to her. The reason why I lent it is because she is in jail right now due to a problem she had at her restaurant.

Basically, she was playing some music and the police asked to see her licence for the said music (thats right, you have to have a license – and not just one, you need multiple licenses for the different types of music you are allowed to play!). So I got a phone call saying that she does not want to spend a night in jail and can I lend her 5000b? I said, when can I get it back? She said by the 1st or 2nd of next month – well, I am not too confident that I will get anything back as Thailand is a notoriously bad place to lend money to anyone.

Well, my plan is to order as many thai meals as I can and get her to deliver them until the debt is paid off – well, I will order as many as I can up until the 1st and then see what is outstanding and see if she can pay me that figure. At least I don’t have to go food shopping for the next month and can get hot food delivered every day – its OK I guess.

Here is what I can expect to get for my 5000b

Average meal at her restaurant – 50b, drinks about 10b for a water or 40b for a beer. It look like I am going to have to start ordering more beer to hit the 5000b.

I think all I can manage is 2 meals a day – there is no way I can eat Thai food for breakfast, so lunch and dinner it is… also, I will have other girls staying with me at my house, so they can eat as well.

100 meal for the 5000b with free delivery – now I am doing the sums, it does not sound too bad a deal actually, I was lucky that I was able to lend the money to someone who has something I want – food and beer and also she is not too far away, so she will have no problem coming round to deliver it as well as she does owe me that.

I might see if she can clean my house as well – it could so with a clean, so that will be say another 300b off the bill for her.

So lets see what happens over the next month to my 5000b debt – as I said, I don’t expect to get any back, so i’ll have to go down the free food route.

I’ll update this over the next month and see if she is OK with the deliveries and the cleaning and maybe, just maybe i’ll get some money back on the 1st of the month.

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