Let us not bargain with the poorAs Indians, we are experts at bargaining. We rush to some retail store, if they announce a shirt free for one purchased, little realizing that the shirt given free may not be of the same quality as the one purchased.
Be that as it may, we also bargain with the poor. We spend even twenty minutes with the friendly neighborhood vegetable vendor, trying to get five rupees less on some vegetable purchased. And we do bargain to get that plastic item purchased from street vendors.
Forget the sweat and the hard work that these people in the service sector put in. Forget even the tough talk that they sometimes have. Yet, we should not forget that their net earnings is never too high.
The flower sellers, the fruit vendors, and the vegetable vendors, do have unsold inventory, often given away free to some orphanage or sold for rock bottom prices. If one considers the hard work that they put in, their earnings at the end of the day, would not be much.
Remember, we have bonuses, we have the PF and the gratuity to take care, and we also have educated sons or daughters to take care of us. But the poor ladies -- most of them -- have husbands who make their way to the wine shops and drink as if there is no tomorrow. The net result is that they try to do odd jobs like selling flowers in the evenings and do the household chores in at least four houses, in the big cities, taking home something like Rs.11,000/-. Even this, or most of this, goes towards educating their children, somehow.
The story gets repeated again and again. As responsible citizens, let us stop bargaining with such people, and let them make that extra bit of money. For, after all, when there is unsold inventory, they stand to loose.
At the end of the day, we would have consciously contributed to a more equitable society, as it were.