*Kids, don’t ever follow this.*
This little packet of snacks or rather, junk food reminded me of something. BTW, Charlie Chickadee is an old snack available more than 10 years ago and was extinct and just appear in the market recently.
Once, I worked as a legal clerk with Cindy, Zakaria and Robert. Cindy and I were the ‘wrap hill, wrap sea’ (pau sua, pau hai) kinda slaves. We practically did everything from serving summons to defaulters, filing court documents, maintain the office, write wills, read law books, sweep floor, make coffee, console old uncles who were cheated off their money, dealt with divorcee, just about everything. Zakaria was our partner-in-crime, an office assistant. And Robert was the Chief Clerk. A old bird who ran the office, smarter than Ah Goo, the lawyer.
Robert’s speciality was farting and burping. We loved Robert to bits because he was very old (I hope he is still around) and very kind. Our slave master was very handsome, tall, deep voice, married a mat-salleh wife lauyar.
But, but that Ah Goo the slave master defaulted our EPF! Can you imagine a man his calibre cheated us teenage girls off our EPF? We were earning only RM180 PER MONTH! Once, a supermarket closed down and the whole gang of suppliers appointed Ah Goo.
So, we worked for about a week until 2am in the morning. Our office was at Wisma Chocolate, Jalan Aboo Sittee which was a red light area. And of course, Ah Goo never paid our OT too.
One day, we got smart and tulan-ted. Cindy was the brave one. She would made coffee with so much sugar that the sugar saturated and the coffee turned like syrup. OMG, it was so hilarious!
Then, when Robert wasn’t in the office we would answer the phone this way….
Zakaria : Saya Charlie Chickadee…… (Instead of Good Morning, Ah Goo & Company)
Cindy : Kiki Bubblegum baru….
Me : (I was too gigglish and too chicken to try a prank like that.)
Needless to say, clients thought they had called the wrong office!
Well, Cindy and I were very good staff. We stayed until we got our new job. We worked to the max, even without EPF or overtime.
Later when I was at my new job, I only found out that Ah Goo defaulted my EPF. I lodged a complaint but he called me up and threatened me with ‘Lilian, Penang is a very small island. You never know when we can meet again.”
Cis, I was chickened out again. It was only about RM80 so I dropped the case. I wonder if Ah Goo is still as handsome. And still driving his sport car without his shoes.
Saya Charlie Chickadee, yang rangup enak sekali.
Come, follow me sing?