We have all seen it and experienced it first hand in the Philippines. The taxis where the a/c does not work, shocks, struts and tires that Moses used on the wagons when he led the Jews out of Egypt. Traffic lights they won’t turn on, water you cannot drink from tap and often wonder if it’s even safe to bathe in. Ok, you get the point and got a good laugh after banging your head on the wall just after you experienced these and many more I’m sure.
This story goes along those lines of experience. We moved into a new apartment early this year, a decent apartment too. But I noticed one thing, the front door would not close and wind would often blow it open even when thought shut. Since I’m a decent and polite guy with filipinos (sometimes) I thought I would inform the caretaker of the problem, which I did. To his credit he did come and look at it, but not to his credit his solution to fix said door. Now you guys are thinking “adjust the striker plate” and you would be right. Sarah there is thinking “I’ll get my man to fix it” and she would be right also. But what was the caretakers “fix” or “solution” SLAM THE DOOR SHUT! It’s a solid wood door set in wood door frame.
So we decide we’re going to move into another apt in same complex because current one was hot enough inside to bake bread without an oven. So we look at empty apartments and pick one but cannot move as yet because of the back door to laundry/wet kitchen is bad. At the top of the door there was a gap of about 1 1/2 to 2 inches, yep, not good. This door is one of those thin brown plastic doors with a plastic frame. So they take out the old door and frame, put up new cement and replace the old cheap door frame and door with a new cheap door frame and door.
So we move in and all just great. New apartment is not an oven and little less rent for the same size as one we moved out of. So the new back door won’t close all the way because the dip shits did not align it, the door edge went past the striker plate and door frame!! So here they come to fix it again right? Well almost. Then we open the door and what happens? The screws work their way out of the cheap frame. They don’t unscrew mind you but more like pull out with the sawing action and the door falls AGAIN. Well they came and “fixed” it again so I can get on with my merry life here in the suck.
What happened you ask? Why am I writing a post about a cheap door? Well last night my son went to put his bike up in the wet area and asked me to open the back door which I did. Only to have a hinge fly off the bottom out of the door! This door has already been “fixed” THREE TIMES!!! Now all the other doors are wood with a wooden frame right? So why not this one I thought to myself then made the mistake of voicing my thought aloud in front of wife and a few others. “There you go again, always criticizing”. What did I say to get that reply?
“All the doors and door frames are wooden except for this one. If the bastards want to save money put in a decent door instead of repairing this one all the time”.
Here is the way I see it. Spend a few extra pesos and install a good door the first time and right the first time and it will last for years.
Here’s the way a filipino sees it. I will install the cheapest door I can to save 1,000 pesos right now but spend 2,000 pesos repairing the door in the next couple of months. BUT I SAVED 1,000 PESOS.
See, the cheap, cheap, cheap you heard was not a chicken but a filipino when it comes to parting with a peso. Maybe there should be a category about how cheap filipinos are.