That one screws foreigners in order to impress one’s friends

January 3, 2012 § Leave a comment

But it didn’t last long:  less than a week later, she was gone.  Although I didn’t try to stop her, she left of her own volition and without asking for pay.  (She did however carefully pack everything I had bought her, even the unfinished food).  She did not seem interested in the money all that much, I suppose, nor in her employer.  Rather, what she wanted to do was to have me meet her “friends” — the tons and tons of girls she knew by name; “meeting her friends” involved eating in restaurants where she knew all the staff and spent almost the entire time standing at the counter talking to them while I ate.

To some extent this is understandable:  these girls are her world: it is with them that she will trade favors: the kid of favors the girls can provide — a 500 Baht loan, a couch for the night, an investigative phone call — making a positive impression on them matters.  What puzzled me is why she wanted to show me to them.  Is attracting a foreign male a source of kudos?  Does it increase the girl’s stock market value among her “friends”?

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