It was only really this morning when I started thinking about the local businesses in Penang. And how much I appreciate them. I went to my regular market stall to pick up something uncommon I had ordered the other day. And when it was time to pay, he said not to worry, it was free.
But this has happened quite a few times with local businesses I frequent. My hairdresser said he wasn’t charging one time after cutting my hair. I’d given him a few pot plants and pots I hadn’t wanted, and he’d appreciated it.
My car shop repaired a punctured tyre and then didn’t charge me. And the other day the doctor at my local clinic didn’t charge for a consultation. I don’t know why – it was just a quick chat for me to glean a second opinion. Maybe that’s why. But that was nice.