Well it's best to start with the bad news first. Mr A was offered a job for the second time with a local carpet centre. The previous offer fell through because the contract the centre had with a tour group had been cancelled so there was no job for Mr A after all.
The boss phoned him again a few days ago to say they had secured another contract and there would be a job for him to start on 1st May. He had to rush around the same day getting all sorts of paperwork, including blood tests and medical check-up and hand these over, which he did.
In the meantime he was going to work in Kusadasi this month, but we decided that the uncertainty of being able to earn anything at all when he was only going to be paid 5% commission and no salary just wasn't worth it. Not to mention the cost of getting there and supporting himself.
Today the carpet centre contacted him. The job has fallen through yet again. The tour company had cancelled. Mr A happens to know the man who runs the tour company who had the contract with the centre and spoke to him this evening. Yes, it was quite true, they had cancelled the contract because the carpet centre boss had not paid up. On that basis, maybe Mr A has had a lucky escape. It is quite likely he would have worked for them and not been paid. (I'm trying desperately to see a silver lining here, but it's not easy). BtoB mentioned that she knew the carpet centre 15 years ago and they were good. I asked Mr A how long the current owner has been there, and it would seem he bought it last year, so certainly they are not the same people BtoB knew....more's the pity.
So we have no idea what will happen next. Watch this space.
And a bit of good news. I follow the work of several animal rescue groups in Turkey on Facebook. One of them, Marmaris Animal Welfare, had a donation of a large quantity of pasta last year. They have decided to distribute it amongst others who are caring for the street animals, and one or two of their members thought of me. I've never met them, but some have followed my blog and some are Facebook friends through our shared interest in animal welfare. It was suggested that some of the pasta should come to me. Another member of the group, with the help of her husband, arranged transport to get it to Milas today. 40kg...which Mr A collected on his motorbike (don't ask me how he managed it!) There may be some more to follow tomorrow.
Isn't it wonderful that all these people who care so much for the animals here, pull together to help each other out? I am overwhelmed by their kindness and very grateful. The dogs on the streets are going to be pretty happy too!