Never hurts to ask, I suppose! The worst that can happen is they will say no. Nothing is lost in the asking, and you might just get lucky today.
“The truly free man is the one who can turn down an invitation to dinner without giving an excuse.” (Jules Renard, The Journal of Jules Renard)
It’s been my experience that we will get asked for anything here. Our Western sensibilities of private property and self sustainability are foreign here. You get the wealth, share it with the extended family. It’s expected.
I was walking down the street in front of my building today and a mechanic I don’t know waved me over. He must work in the moto repair shop across the street here, but I have never talked to him personally before; I did not recognize him. He was unloading a new Moto crate with an new, unbuilt jakarta moto. I asked him what he wanted and he waved to me again. I waved for him to come to me.
“If we are going to be kind, let it be out of simple generosity, not because we fear guilt or retribution.” (J.M. Coetzee, Disgrace)
He explained how with his smartphone he is wasting too much credit using the internet, so wanted to know if I could give him my password for my wifi… He can obviously see the little internet antenna for my unlimited Orange Livebox – for a price, on my second floor terrace. That elusive signal beaming that says Livebox ****, and they can’t get on it.
“You have not lived today until you have done something for someone who can never repay you.” (John Bunyan)
I asked the dude if he was serious, and he was. I said I can’t give it to you. “Why not?”, he asked. “Because it will go around the whole community and everyone will be on my wifi.” I replyed. He assured me he would not do that….
Yeah, right… He would even make money off this baby by selling the password to people. He would do that, because if he did not share the wealth, he would be mean.
So, I am mean…. But do I look stupid, too? Really?
I must…. after all I was wearing a big brown bassin boubou, sporting a newly “pushin” two week red beard, with a western ball cap and sunglasses… Probably looked as stupid as can be.
Sure, ask…. I might just say yes…But I said no….
“I freely admit I’m confused. I’m a confused and troubled individual but at the same time…It’s free! ” (Craig Ferguson)
I don’t think it hurt his feelings..
“You make all kinds of mistakes, but as long as you are generous and true and also fierce, you cannot hurt the world or even seriously distress her.” (Winston Churchill)