“I think you must be my delivery guy,” a lady in her early twenties stated as she stopped me from walking past her estate gate in Uthiru.
I froze and stared into her face, probably wondering if my job description had changed from a digital strategist to a delivery guy without knowing.
Or because I was wearing a jacket like a nduthi guy. But I did not have some boots on, or what the nduthi guys look like.
“You called me two minutes ago. Maureen, my name is Maureen,” she stated, probably wondering if the delivery guy was on something, you know intoxicated, feeling high or aire as Jamaicans say.
I bet she was also perplexed that I looked confused for some time there.
“The package is in your hands,” she added.
“Oh, this one,” I said looking at the item I picked from a popular merchandise shop in town. I was holding it in my right hand and a bag full of items shopped for my wedding on the left.
“No, I think i'm just from work, passed by the CBD shopped for my wedding, bought supper and am heading home,” I defended myself.
We looked at each other for a few seconds.
She was giving me that look of ‘I guess you must be joking’, then when she figured I was not, we all broke into laughter.
“I am sorry, I am so sorry… jeez. Aki pole,” she stated, tried to walk away but stood.
“It’s okay,” I answered. “Maybe because of this leather jacket,” I added.
“Yes, you know I usually ask for deliveries from this store and I was waiting for the delivery guy. He got lost somewhere around and I stepped out to meet him.
“Mistaken identity for you, I bet,” she started laughing again.
“Yes, no worries. I picked some items from the shop for my girlfriend. I am getting married in two weeks' time,” I responded, afraid that she might mistake me for being single or for being her lost boyfriend.
Haaa! I am kidding. I nearly got you there.
“Oh, that’s great, I'm happy for you. But you know you do not have to go to that shop physically if you are time-bound. You can always pick items online and have them delivered,” she advised.
My response was “Kindly show me how as we wait for your delivery guy so that you do not stop another man wearing a leather jacket and mistake him for a nduthi guy.”
“Funny, funny,” she said as we laughed again.
“The shop uses Co-op bank which offers Co-op Banks Chapa Pay. Here you pay for goods and services online.
“With Co-op Bank eCommerce they receive a unique link (Pay-By-Link) that they use to invoice customers.
“Traders or business people can get more customers by accepting online card payments via Chapa Pay, which is Co-op Bank’s eCommerce solution! They also do not incur any cost to get the Pay-By-Link solution as it is free to get on board.
“And you as a customer can reverse the payment without you calling the bank for a reversal if you make a wrong payment,” she explained.
I was intrigued by the Co-op Banks Chapa Pay.
“This has literally saved me from making more trips and I am exploring it straight away,” I responded.
A delivery guy approached us and he recognised her straight away.
“Maureen right?” he asked. She nodded. “Sorry I kept you waiting,” he added.
“No worries. I met a friend here,” she pointed at me.
“He is doing a wedding in a fortnight and he is willing to invite us,” she stated as we laughed.