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Friday, 21 April 2017 | MYT 12:00 AM

There’s no such thing as a free lunch

RECENTLY, a group of 24 students from a local private university went to Krabi on the west coast of southern Thailand for their holiday.

They had shopped online for package tours around Krabi and chosen one that was the cheapest.

Enticed by the rock-bottom price, they transferred 38,500 Thai baht (about RM4,923) to a man by the name of Theeradet Saetiew, who could not be contacted when they arrived at Krabi.

They reported the fraud at the Aonang Police Station in Krabi and luckily for them, tourist police offi­cer Sub Lt Suwan Tuamsri took the group to the popular destinations listed in the fake tour package.

Without doubt, these undergraduates have graduated in the university of life after being conned by Theeradet Saetiew.

The enlightened would know that there is no such thing as a free lunch. While it is common for prices of goods to differ greatly as their quality and costs of production and distribution vary, fees for acceptable level of services in the same location are similar.

We must learn to pay reasonably for services, just as we wish to be reasonably paid for services rendered to our employers in the form of salaries.

CY MING

Ampang