So yesterday, these two men took my tired and emotional car hostage. Out of the blue, they demanded I pay a ransom of 650 for its release. New gearbox, they kept repeating, new gearbox. Well I took advice of course. I spoke to the authorities. I even tried reasoning with them. But negotiation proved futile.
I tried holding out, I really did. But yes, yes, I admit it: I gave in eventually. I do feel bad about it though. I realise that the more we give in to these people, the more it just encourages them.