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A Present from Her Son

Demba from Senegal

I asked him if he knew how happy a mother could be if she received a present from her son.

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I went downtown very early that day, ready to bargain. Once I got to the store, I told the clerk that I really wanted to buy the necklace and could give him thirty dollars for it.

One day I work up and realized I was almost broke. I had planned to do some important shopping; I had to buy a present for my mother because it was her birthday.

I had just thirty dollars and really wanted to buy her something very nice—a necklace I had seen when I was hanging out with some friends. The official price of the necklace was forty dollars.

I went downtown very early that day, ready to bargain. Once I got to the store, I told the clerk that I really wanted to buy the necklace and could give him thirty dollars for it.

He asked if I could read and pointed to the price tag. I told him that I saw the price, but I really needed to get that necklace for my mother's birthday. I begged him and begged him to sell it to me for thirty dollars. Then I asked him if he knew how happy a mother could be if she received a present from her son.

He stared at me and said that his mother died when he was very young. He said that was why he had never had the opportunity to give his mother a present. Then he said he was going to give me the necklace for free. He seemed so sad, and I was really surprised because that had never happened to me before. I couldn't accept it for free, so I told him that he had to take the thirty dollars. It was a bargain!

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All My Hard Bargaining For Nothing | A Discount for Me and Customers for Him
Bargaining is Not for Me | A Good Time to Bargain

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