‘Abused but not looking for revenge’

2007-11-26 00:00

This story is about a man who was a mechanic in a rural area in Zululand. He was humble, frank and free. He helped everyone. Even if people did not have money he would fix their cars on credit. He was loved by everyone in the village. However, some of his clients took advantage of his humbleness and began to abuse him by not paying. In spite of this he continued to help them. His friends could not understand the reason behind it.

He began to talk about his debtors openly to his friends. Some of his friends encouraged him to ask for sex instead of money from his women clients. He refused to do that because of his Christian beliefs.

His financial situation became worse. He visited the people who owed him money, one by one, to determine the reason why they did not pay. They all promised to pay once they had money.

One of his clients then invited him for dinner. The client happened to be a widow. She explained to him that she was unable to pay him, but that she was prepared to offer an alternative. She took off her clothes and said: “This is the payment I have for you.”

The mechanic refused the offer and left. Unfortunately, the widow was not by herself — she had a maid in the house who overheard all this. The maid spread the message across the village. The widow was furious and fired the maid.

The mechanic’s friends laughed at him and said: “You should have accepted the free offer.”

This experience became the talk of the village. The mechanic could not handle the situation and decided to leave the village with his family.

This story is a reflection of some hidden scenarios that are faced by men and women. Sometimes poverty can lead to immorality, but that does not justify such behaviour.

This man is one of those good people who are making a difference in people’s lives. Sometimes when you do good, people take advantage of you. Men and women alike should emulate this man. He was abused but did not seek revenge.

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