First published: Nov.29.2018
In the town square, many labourers were waiting. Men of different ages were hoping to be hired for some construction or garden work.
It really didn’t matter what the job was, as long as they could work for the day.
Sometimes, if they were lucky, they would continue working for weeks at the same place. Labours always gathered at the town square, as early as five in the morning.
Alee, Hames, and Jamel were three friends among the desperate labours. They were honest, kind, caring, and very hard working young men, who had no other choice but to find work this way to be able to pay the bills. The daily salary for a regular worker was 50 coins at those days.
That was good enough to pay the rent and buy food for their families if they could work at least six days a week. One morning felt very slow, just a few men were offered work, and the rest of the labours were left behind. Usually, if they were not picked up by six or seven in the morning, the chance of finding a job on that day was very low.
It was now eight in the morning when the three young men saw a truck coming towards them. Many men were still waiting in hopes of getting work for the day.
The truck owner said: “I need a few workers but I can only pay 30 coins to each.”
Everyone shouted out loud: “We are not stupid to work for 30 coins.”
Alee jumped up and said: “We three are young, but we work hard. We don’t mind getting 30 coins, at least we have a job for today.”
The truck owner said: “Wonderful, all of you three jump on the back of the truck.”
Alee, Hames, and Jamel jumped on to the back of the truck with a big smile on their faces, 30 coins was definitely better than nothing.
The truck driver drove for a while until they got to a big house under construction.
They jumped out of the truck and waited for the driver to tell them what they were supposed to do.
The truck driver shook their hands one by one, asked their names and said: “I am an engineer and the owner of this property, I am a builder. I needed someone to work for me for a long time, so I had to know who was more committed. That’s why I announced the 30 coins wage’s. But I will pay 50 coins every day and if you do a good job, you can always work for me so you wouldn’t have to go to the town square any more.”
Those three friends worked for the engineer for years and became experts in the field of their work, and grew to the higher levels in their profession.