the paid 2 hours of work story

on this day, mum paid $50 expecting an hourly maid to come in to do 2 hours of chores.
maid arrived at 0900hr, briefed by mum, started work, and packed to leave at 1000hr.

mum: hey! why you work for only half an hour and you are leaving? you’re supposed to work till 11am right?
maid: no, 10am is correct.
mum: but i paid you $50 when your hourly rate is $25.
maid: yes yes. i spent 30 mins to come from home to here, spent 30 mins to discuss the work with you, cleaned the house for 30 mins, and i still need 30 mins to go home. so all in all, 120 minutes = 2 hours. IF i were to work 1 min extra, that would really be courtesy of me. you ought to write me a “Thank You” card to show your gratitude! but for now, bye-bye (:

i’m utterly impressed when mum related the story to me (:

mop (credit: Rubbermaid/ CC BY 2.0)

(disclaimer: all characters appearing in this work are fictitious. any resemblance to real persons, living or dead, is purely coincidental. the only real person here is “i”)