A friendly rip-off in disguise

Some people are generously mean. They will pretend they are sociable, concerned and caring yet they are out to fleece others. For example, a friend with a car sees you at Rubangura Bus Park waiting to board a taxi. Without even flagging him down, he stops, hoots and begs you to enter the car for he is going the same direction you are.

Some people are generously mean. They will pretend they are sociable, concerned and caring yet they are out to fleece others.

For example, a friend with a car sees you at Rubangura Bus Park waiting to board a taxi. Without even flagging him down, he stops, hoots and begs you to enter the car for he is going the same direction you are.

You count your blessings, thanking the Maker for the lift. He drives on as you try to engage him in pleasantries to appear appreciative. He responds with short quick answers. You notice something is bothering his mind but before you query him, he branches into a petrol station.

“Ufite bibiri ahongaho dushyiremo amavuta” (do you have Frw 2000 I add to what I have I refuel the car?)” he asks almost in a whisper. Caught by surprise, you half-heartedly give him the money you have. You steal a glance at the fuel pump and realize he only buys fuel worth the money you gave him.

He gets back into the car wearing a happier face and wants to talk about everything under the sun. 

You realize that he has conned you. What you thought was a blessing turns into a swindle. You have spent five times more than what you would have if you had boarded a taxi. Beware! Next time a ‘friend’ calls you for a lift, think twice or else you may end up paying dearly.     

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