Originally Posted by curzon
Got off lightly. An acquaintance asked that I buy him a pheran (a wool cloak) in Kashmir. It was kind of expensive, but more troubling was that I had all my ski gear and no room to pack this. Struggle I did and packed it; he didn't like it and refused to pay.
years ago I had two things like this - my landlord at the time, a very old man and a holocust survivor, told me he needed pure wool long underwear that wasn't available in Israel, and asked me to buy some for him. he kept stressing that it had to be 100% wool. so I spent a whole afternoon looking for 100% wool underwear, going to maybe 6 places that had 80% wool. I found it, bought it and, while he paid me, he never stoped bitching about how expensive it was. turns out it was available in israel, it was just expensive, and he figured that it would be cheaper in germany.
another time I brought a bottle of gin for somebody, and right before I gave it to him the bottle broke, and he didn't pay me for it. after that, I stopped bringing anything for anybody.