Some love-sick swains still throwing money away


Dear Hillary,

I know you’ve been asked this before, but how much is the bride price these days? I am sure, like all things, it gets more expensive in time. Background details, she is 25 years old and the family live in North-East Thailand, but she works in Pattaya as a cashier. Her mother looks after two young children, but she says they belong to her sister, though she does help by sending some money each month. She has worked as the cashier for six months, but had to take a month off as an old friend was coming over from the UK.


Dear Jack,

Please go to the nearest mirror and check to see if the word “sucker” is on your forehead. Sometimes I don’t believe you people. Why didn’t I meet someone like you? Here in a nutshell is your situation. “Cashier”? Not very likely, but will stand down from the bar to help when the real cashier is sick. Unless, of course, there is an old friend coming from the UK that she will have to look after as well. Two children being looked after by their grandmother and she contributes to their welfare. She is 25, what has she been doing before stepping in as the cashier? Have you met the “sister”? How is the buffalo? And her brother after the motorcycle accident? Jack, my Petal, is obviously short for Jackass. Have you tried the Phillies? You have spent enough money here already.