This bugger which I will call ksk (kiam seap kwee meaning miser king)was a colleague of mine. He was so stingy that he would not even spend a cent on his meal during lunch time. He would scrounge on his colleagues and subordinates be it for a bowl of noodles,coffee,tea,desserts etc etc in the staff canteen or something more expensive like eating out in restaurants during our lunch break or other occasions.
In the staff canteen,when anyone of us was reaching our turn in the long queue to buy our food,ksk would quickly come up and sniffed around and ask whether we could also get the food for him. His reason was the queue was long and he hasn't had the time to queue for his food. So as you would know,the person buying the food for himself and ksk would have to pay the hawker. After eating,ksk would conveniently excused himself and vamoosed off without paying.
Many of our colleagues would not want to embarrass ksk and never asked for payments.
This bad habit of ksk was also practised on the junior crew. At night stops he would scrounged on his crew,hardly spending money from his pocket.
Guess what when we all retired together in 2003?? ksk had bought himself a $150,000 car. Mind you he lived in a private apartment and not a HDB flat (most of his victims lived in HDB flats or government subsided flats).
On the flip side we had a colleague nicknamed GK or generous king. GA was the opposite of ksk. GA would buy his colleagues meals,drinks and even treat them to karaoka sessions,pubs sometime spending hundreds a night. GA seldom allowed any of his colleagues to pay the bills. He would be the first to grab the bill and settled them. Afterward, when they tried to settle the bill with him he would refuse to accept. His favorite reply was 'sup sup sui' meaning it's loose change to him.
As a colleague in the office,GA was also 'same same'. He was also helpful towards his juniors and the crew loved him.
Today GA is working as a prison officer in Australia. I was told the prisoners loved him too. He was seen playing table tennis with some of his prisoners by someone who told me.
There were many more 'characters' which I will go into some other time.