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Credit man (I)
    2016-03-02  08:53    Shenzhen Daily

    Huang Guosheng

     Changye Road 1, bustling with traffic, separated T Bank, Shenzhen Branch, Bao’an Sub-branch, from a series of shops, including the Purely Delicious Tea Shop, which was owned by a couple from Chaozhou, Guangdong Province.

    In the late 1990s, many national and foreign banks gushed into Shenzhen. This branch of T Bank was the sixth sub-branch of T Bank to open in Shenzhen.

    As a credit man at the T Bank, Zhong Dingming regarded stores like the tea shop as his customers once the bank was set up in September. There is a saying that goes, “Banks rely on customers’ deposits,” so his job was to convince people to deposit their money into the bank. In the beginning, he was polite and wore a suit as he took promotional fliers to all the local shops.

    The work was boring, but sometimes enjoyable since he was able to visit all the different shops and chat with the owners. Dongcheng, who owned the tea shop, was Dingming’s first customer.

    Dingming would often stop into the Purely Delicious Tea Shop for a chat and some tea. They often talked about how certain tycoons made money back at Dongcheng’s hometown. Credit men there would play mah-jong with the customers and often lose to them to gain their trust. They would also have to visit sick customers at the hospital.

    Dongcheng didn’t trust Dingming at first because of this knowledge. He thought Dingming was part of a pyramid scheme or an insurance salesman.

    Dongcheng was purely a tea expert, who was extremely familiar with tea culture. Regarding teas such as pu’er, green tea, tieguanyin and so forth, he was top professional at how their color formed and how long they took to grow. As soon as he sipped a cup of tea, he would know whether or not the tea leaves were fresh or processed, as if “The oil is pouring into through the small coin hole but doesn’t wet the coin hole” as written by Ou Yangxiu. If he held a bag of tea in his hand, he could immediately tell how much tea was in the bag and how much theophylline and polyphenols the tea contained. He could tell how much the tea could lower cholesterol and blood sugar as accurately as Chen Jingrun, the famous Chinese mathematician. Above his cupboards were many excellent and historical teas, including Phoenix Dancing, Seven Sons of Menghai, Old Class Chapter, Daughter Green and so on.

    One time, Dingming reached for some tea leaves to place in his cup when Dongcheng suddenly shouted, “Stop!” Then he angrily said to Dingming, “This is my treasured pu’er tea that I have been collecting for 30 years. You don’t have enough money to compensate me if you drink it!”

    Dingming apologized in a hurry, ashamed.

    Dongcheng continued, “This tea costs 200,000 yuan (US$30,620) and is unavailable in the market today. It is fortunate enough for you just to look at it!”

    Dingming reddened and left embarrassed.

    Every day before he drank his tea, Dongcheng would go to the middle of the shop and kneel before the statue of Guan God of Wealth for a long time, crossing his palms and uttering sincere prayers.

    He said that the one he respected the most was Guan God, who could bring wealth to him.

    “How sincere you are!” Dingming would exclaim whenever he walked past the shop and saw Dongcheng bowing to the statue.

    “I can kneel to whoever brings me wealth. I can also kneel before you if I think you will bring me good fortune!” Dongcheng said to Dingming.

    “I wish I could,” said Dingming, smiling.

    One day, Dongcheng, who usually got up very late, woke early. After having Chaozhou congee for breakfast cooked by his wife, he sat on the chair in front of his shop sipping kung fu tea. He enjoyed this kind of tea very much, as much as a boy loves a girl.

    The sun was getting higher, the autumn weather was still as hot as summer. This morning, he was waiting for Yu Weijun, an old buyer who had made an appointment with him to deliver some tea goods.

    Dongcheng didn’t know where Weijun was from. However, because of good business dealings with him, Dongcheng had nice impression about Weijun. Weijun was a tea retailer who never haggled with Dongcheng over tea prices, but he had a knife scar on his neck. Two weeks before, he purchased a batch of tea from Dongcheng for 160,000 yuan without hesitation by presenting a check from T Bank, Shenzhen Branch, Bao’an Sub-branch, saying that he would come back again to take the goods after the money was remitted.

    The check cleared. It was Dingming who told Dongcheng the good news.

    Dongcheng earned a good profit from this deal. He thus thought, “I never met such a nice buyer even after being in the tea business for so long! Only God knows how often people only buy by consignment or deferred payment. Payments were often delayed or the buyer would even run off with the goods!”

    Ten days later, Weijun arranged the same deal.

    “Good morning! Boss Li!”

    Dongcheng was wakened by a loud voice. It was Weijun, accompanied by his colleague, a tall man in a sweater. Their two faces were wreathed in smiles.

    “Good morning!” Dongcheng rose to his feet and served them tea.

    “I don’t usually drink tea, let alone strong tea. We only take wine, for example the rice wine,” they cried.

    What Weijun would take today was a batch of tea costing 1.5 million yuan. Weijun said that the last two batches of goods had sold out because of their fine quality.

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