American TAYLOR HARTLEY: You left your wallet with Several Hundred Dollars in it at Park Cafe in Phnom Penh

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Re: American TAYLOR HARTLEY: You left your wallet with Several Hundred Dollars in it at Park Cafe in Phnom Penh

Post by Doc67 » Sat Jun 15, 2019 9:36 am

I found a phone on the seat of a tuk tuk. I picked it up and kept it assuming the owner would call it and I could arrange a reunion for him and it. It was a weird phone; no security to access it and virtually no apps other than one in Khmer and another in English about Khmer proverbs. I wondered who owned a phone like this...

I got a call from a Khmer with English language ability less than my own Khmer ability; it was a short conversation. So, I took the phone to my home street and got the convenience shop lady (who has fairly good English skills) to call the last number and arrange the meet up.

She was shocked when she spoke to the owner, "it's a monk!!" she said. "Oh, Ok, so get the monk to come here". About 10 mins later a little old man in his saffron robes and a staff (long walking stick) came into the street. I was wondering if I was going to get a blessing - I had already decided to decline any offer of a reward.

He took the phone, smiled broadly at me, turned round and walked away. Not even a thank you! I was so baffled by this so I googled various words about monks and thank you and eventually discovered that it was to preserve the integrity of my act of honesty. Apparently, if I understand this correctly, if he thanked me or gave something in appreciation it would of diminished my act and reduced it's purity. That was the jist of it I think.

A beer would have been nice though... :beer3:
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Re: American TAYLOR HARTLEY: You left your wallet with Several Hundred Dollars in it at Park Cafe in Phnom Penh

Post by ressl » Mon Jul 29, 2019 5:47 pm

Nothing lost, but when I was at Orussey Market and I was looking for a fan with light and battery (for power shed) the seller told me, that I shouldn't buy from him, because he had bought them too expensive and has to sell them for a price way too high. I was stunned! Came back the next day to buy one of those LED bulbs with integrated battery from him
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Re: American TAYLOR HARTLEY: You left your wallet with Several Hundred Dollars in it at Park Cafe in Phnom Penh

Post by Phnom Poon » Mon Jul 29, 2019 6:20 pm

Doc67 wrote:
Sat Jun 15, 2019 9:36 am
I googled various words about monks and thank you and eventually discovered that it was to preserve the integrity of my act of honesty. Apparently, if I understand this correctly, if he thanked me or gave something in appreciation it would of diminished my act and reduced it's purity. That was the jist of it I think.
indeed the whole point of charity and doing good is the act itself and perhaps the result
not gratitude, recognition or reward

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monstra mihi bona!
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