Friday, April 11, 2008

Pour Favour

In the middle of a heavy heavy week, I got some light entertainment from a Spanish client (also a law firm seeking legal services for the benefit of their office in Singapore). We got a request to provide a fee estimate for reviewing a commercial lease. I had met my billing quota for the week so decided to give them a door gift and sent through some ridiculously low fee estimate. My boss sends it to the Spanish clients, copies me on the email.

The Spanish lot review his email, cut him out of the email trail but forget that I am still there on the cc list. All of a sudden, I got a load of espanol amidst my English and viagra emails.

Pour favour? I forward to the boss. He reads Spanish. He says "They're not happy with our quote".

An hour later, another load of Espanol. Instead of just forwarding to my boss, I take the liberty of applying the absolutely free Spanish to English translator, which (drum roll) confirms that indeed another email recipient has pooh pooh'd my quote. WTF?!@

And then it goes on and on and on - 5 emails later, they are still waxing lyrical about how the quote seems rather exaggerated, blah blah blah tostitos doritos arreba areeba underlay.

I'm starting to wonder what kind of legal fees they pay in Spain. Maybe their peso converter is not working. Maybe they are converting pesos to RMB? Maybe they think I am quoting in Euro? This is a bloody door gift, for heaven's sake. Even in Euro, it would still be cheap. They should be putting me on their Christmas card list.

Finally, one email comes through which throws some light onto the matter. One of their partners in Europe writes back "I have heard that there are internet services in Singapore, that will provide this service for free..."

Yesssss..... If ever I find an internet service in Singapore that will help me with the commercial lease contract reviews, for free, I will not just tell them about it, I will also use it. Every day. I will try to get them to review all my other contracts for free. In fact, I will go home and lie down, since I would have officially become obsolete.

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At 10:12 PM, Blogger gremlin said...

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At 1:05 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

hi there. in your previous post, you suggest that you have suffered from depression. i just want to know if you seeked any professional help? i am extremely sorry for intruding so rudely this way.

thanks so much in advance.

 
At 3:27 PM, Anonymous Sean said...

Hi Anon,

HD suffering from depression? Have you read most of her post recently...it's medication for depression! It never fails to lighten up my day or crack me up in silent laughter when in the office. The only problem is that recently there hasn't been enough of meds being dished out....

 
At 7:39 AM, Blogger Indiana said...

Well you could just work for free...I am sure some of your friends could chip in to rent you a park bench, and I promise at least one cheap bottle of plonk a month to keep you company.

:-)

 
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