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Sipho's letter to Truworths

Guest Bronwyn

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(Next time you get a letter to pay your debts be sure to remember Sipho's letter.)


Dear Sir/Madam

I acknowledge receipt of your letter dated 7 January 2007 in which for the third time, you request that I pay the monies owed to you. I first want you to know that by no means do I dispute my debt and I intend to reimburse you as soon as possible.

However, I bring to your attention that I have many more creditors, quite as honourable as you, and whom I wish to reimburse too. That is why, each month, I throw all the names of my creditors into a hat and draw one randomly whom I hasten to refund immediately.

I hope that yours will come out shortly.

Sincerely Yours,


PS: I have great regret in informing you that given the unceremonious tone of your last letter, you will not be taking part in the next three draws.

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Way back in the forties / fifties my grandmother drove a vesper scooter and legend has it that every month end she would go to the shops and, on entering each one, would call over the owner and tell him to pick an envelope from her helmet and "if it's yours you get paid this month" !

Probably just a family legend, but it's always tickled me.


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