Christmas is a special time for gift-giving and this usually means heavy-duty shopping, card writing and then trips to the local post office to mail items from Sri Lanka to various locations around the globe. Unlike post offices back home, the local post offices around Colombo over the festive season are relatively quiet or operating like business-as-usual. So it's nice not being faced with long lines of people at the post office weighed down with parcels and packages
There's nothing worse than lining up for an hour or more just to get your gifts sent off in time (definitely one of the things I don't miss about the UK at this time of the year!)
Unfortunately, I found there are other things to contend with as an expat living in Sri Lanka. It could be a one-off occurrence or just unique to me, but in any event, a story of vigilance when going to the post office is about to be shared.
A few days ago I was posting the last of my Christmas gifts at one of the post offices in Colombo. I was quoted a price for my parcel, paid the amount and then had the tedious task of licking and placing stamps on my parcel. For some reason, I noticed a Rs. 100 discrepancy between what I paid for postage and the value of stamps I was given to place on my parcel.
"I guess the postage clerk thought he'd take some extra money off me to pay for his two or three malu paan (i.e. fish buns) for lunch that day "
It's not often like this, but I have had a few encounters every so often where the outcome has left me thinking "Oh go on... try and rip me off again!"...
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