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Tuesday, April 9, 2013
Franchise Thai Magic Gone Haywire
I never realized
that Thai magic can be learnt through franchising method until Ms Chen came to
see me this morning.
the modes of operation are pretty simple. First you pay a certain fee; say
$3000 for the first year, and then the Arjarn sends you a Yant and some
talismans. You must consume the Yant. So what’s the catch? The catch is that
you must renew your ‘license’ annually and secondly, your yearly subscription
increases over time. That is to say that you may pay $3000 this year, but you
probably would be asked to pay $6000! But most scary of all is that the Arjarn
already has all your particulars, if you refuse to pay; then you would be
cursed as in the story of Johnny from Singapore. Let me just refresh your mind:
Chen’s story also serves as a grim reminder of the danger of magic franchise:
Ms Chen is
a 24 year old social escort working in a bar in Penang downtown. As with all
other social escorts, her income was quite inconsistent. We all know that there
are many cash rich bar hoppers that are willing to spend to get fun. Ms Chen
figured that the only way to get fast money was to learn Thai black magic.
going says, if you have will; you will have a way.
colleague knows one famous Arajrn in Thailand. So Ms Chen gathered the required
fund and flew to Thailand to meet this Arjarn. The Arjarn gave Ms Chen a Phra
Ngan, a bottle of corpse oil, a kumantong and a Yant to be consumed. Amongst
many instructions from the Arjarn, the weirdest thing was to collect her
customer’s pubic hair to worship Phra Ngan.
I was told
by Ms Chen that she has made $500,000 in the first year. But somehow she felt her
‘business’ wasn’t that good towards the end of her first year contract and her
kumantong gradually losing power. Finally, Ms Chen resort to visit the Arjarn
again to seek for more power.
the Arjarn want $10,000 as a term to renew the contract. Ms Chen thought that
wasn’t worth it so she started to bargain with the Arjarn. Somehow the Arjarn
was angered during the bargaining process but he finally agreed to keep the
price for second year to $5,000.
didn’t realize her nightmare just begun. First her skin started to itch and
somehow, her $500,000 just wasted away slowly in a year’s time. Now she said
that she is back to square one and in debt.
Did I help
her? Well, there is a price to pay for everything.