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Jacket-wearing corn seller tells of his ambitions

8 Corn seller

As he slowly pedals forward on his bicycle with a big plastic bag of corn, a man wearing a white shirt, coat, a red tie and black shoes shouts for people to buy corn as drops of sweat trickle down his smiling face.

Kou Sivatha, 30, is known as the “Poor Enough Corn Seller”. He said that people react in different ways to his fancy clothes.

“Some people laugh at me because they support me, while some others laugh because they look down on me and think that I am crazy. But what I do keeps me alive and and maintains my standard of living. I only dress this way to attract the attention of the customers.”

He added that people love new and strange things, and that his products would not sell very well if he dressed like all the other corn sellers.

Sivatha said that he sells around 150 corn cobs a day, with one cob costing 1000 riel and two costing 1,500 riel. Every day, he may get enough profit to support his living after paying for corn, water and coal.

He also said that even though many people laugh at him for his funny appearance, he is happy because he can sell all of his products while making other people have fun and smile. He also said that he thinks that he may make more money in the future.

“I do believe that I can expand my business one day and become more successful.”



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