Haggling Africans make me lose my cool

Haggling Africans make me lose my cool

I’m a pretty easy-going person. I swear, I really am. I just don’t like when things—or people—don’t make sense.

I love my African people dearly, seriously I do. I support their businesses, events, and causes. My brother’s one of those Africans with many causes and he puts on different events for Africans in Edmonton to enjoy. By default, I end up working those events, which I’m trying to stop doing because I’m sick and tired of my African people haggling me each and every time. That was the case at the Iyanya concert, Basketmouth show, African Night 2013 and recently, a BBQ to fundraise money for 2014 African Night (just to name a few).

My people never fail to whine and barter with me to get them in for free, sell them two tickets for the price of one, give them extra food or drink, or sell them a $5 hamburger for less. I can go on for days, but you get the point. This is when the sass comes out because I find those people very disrespectful and selfish. It takes efforts, resources (money + people) and time to organize these events, all for the sake of building our African community—bringing Africans in the Edmonton diaspora a little piece of home. We have to pay someone to design the event poster, print them, build the website if needed, decorate the hall, and make and deliver the food. Not to mention the DJ, equipment rentals and things like that. There’s no profit here to make us rich, it’s just a hobby. And all I ask is that people respect our hobby and support us 100%, which means paying the full price—NO HAGGLING. Anyone who can’t do that, should stay home.

Yes, there are things you can bargain for. These events are not some of them. You aren’t buying a piece of fabric in Lagos market. Do you negotiate with the teller when you go to the movies? Or the bouncer at a club? What about the bus driver? No. Have some self respect and show our efforts some as well or stay home.

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~ by omonaij on July 6, 2014.

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