Selling some rice

Trip Start Jun 03, 2010
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Flag of Thailand  , Roi Et,
Saturday, December 4, 2010

Into Phon Thong by truck this morning to sell some rice.  When the rice depot comes into view I can see that there is quite a long queue of like-minded people and it looks as though uit is going to be a long wait.  They surprise me however and are quite organised for a change.  As we pull into the depot the truck is weighed alonmg with its load of rice.  We then drive over to a rice mountain that is building up in one corner and someone inspects a couple of random samples of our rice and eclares it top quality - therefore top price !  The sacks are soon emptied out and the truck returns to be weighed out.  We then have to wait around for about 20 minutes whilst they calculate the load, price etc.  The cars numberplate is announced and Jai goes off to collect her cash. She had sold 25 bags each of which were estimated to be 30kg but this was only guesswork when we were filling the bags from the thrasher.  Imagine my surprise when I read on the receipt that the expected total weight of 750kg is actually remarkably close at 755kg.  Only 5kg out over 25 bags is incredible guesswork.  The rice was priced according to quality and type.  Hence sticky rice was priced todat at bertween 10-12Bht per kilo and the boiling rice, like we were selling, at 14-15.20 per kilo.  I had done a rough calculation in my head and had a good idea how much we should be getting.  At first glance the payment looked a bit short.  On getting home I studied the receipt which clearly indicated 755kg at 15.20bht per kilo with a total payout of 10,336 Bht.  This was obviously wrong.  This much rice at this price should have paid 11,476Bht, some 1140Bht short.  I pointed this out to Jai who didnt seem to care less ust shrugging and saying that this was Thailand - thats my line !!  I am still at a loss to see where the money could have gone as it is officially receipted as such through the company accounts so no obvious back pocket cash for the person on the till.  I will work on this some more as 1100 Bht is the equivalent of 5 days hard labour in the fields for these people and a not inconsiderate amount of money.  More importantly, it would also buy me a month of beer !!  If they want to sell the rice at 13.7 Bht per kilo then at least advertise and document it as such.  Back to the house where I tidied up the garden after our absence and had a bonfire - boys toys.  The salad lettuce is shooting, the new corriander is growing, the carrots look good but I have given up on ever seeing a cauliflower.
This evening Jai's son returns from working on Kho Samui and comes to visit.
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