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Tuesday, February 25, 2020

Parking Fee



written & illustrated by Chakriya PHOU

It was evening.
Mina drove car to mall. She did not want to park inside so she asked guard-man free spot at outside parking lot. The guard said, 'Yes, there is.' Then he led her to that parking.
After, Mina said to the guard, 'How long can I park here?'
The guard looked at his watch and claimed, 'No longer than 9 PM.'
Mina nodded. Then she went into the mall.
At 8:30 PM, she left mall for her car.
The guard saw her. He ran to her.
Mina asked about parking price at the same time she opened door, 'How many?'
And the guard said, 'It's up to you.'
Mina did not get into car yet. She thought for a moment then opened her purse and took money and gave to him.
The guard accepted money. His face was not happy. He took it and put it into his pocket.
Mina did not notice his face. She went into car, closed door, started machine and drove out.
The guard walked back to his seat. He was upset. He said,  'She parked more than 3 hours, but gave only 1,000 Riels.'
Well, that guard man does not look carefully and also because of light - outside mall at parking lot - is not brightening enough, plus new currency design is similar; therefore, he mistakes it is one thousand riels, but actually it is five thousand riels.

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