Remember all the things we had to do before getting a mobile phone in secondary school? Well, this cute little girl is going through the same phase in her life, except that she’s only 10 years old and she was required to sign a contract. Sounds intense!
On 8 December, the elder sister, Farha took this amusing incident to Twitter depicting how Yasmine, her younger sister was asked to read the contract before signing it in order to claim her iPhone.
“The contract was drafted twice and was advised by three people to ensure that the terms were reasonable. I would also like to add that she usually has to save to get anything she wants such as books and stationery.
“She saved up for two years to buy herself a Nintendo switch and got the money from mopping, vacuuming and helping with daily laundry,” Farha wrote.
Everything comes with a price, and in this case, Yasmine was required to sign a contract titled ‘One Year Renewable Phone Loan’ with 12 terms and conditions as listed below.
- Perform morning prayers
- Charge the phone only until it is full and unplug it immediately after
- Never let the phone battery die, as this may reduce the battery’s performance
- Never use mum and dad’s phone
- Never bring it to the toilet
- Never bring it to school (Oh man!)
- Never use it at the dining table
- Ask for permission before downloading any applications
- I am responsible for any data usage. I will not ask for any additions if I’ve used up my internet quota unless it is gifted to me
- Read the Quran every day or minimum six times a week
- Never call friends when I’m out with family
- Never skip tuition
If Yasmine breaches the contract by violating any one of these rules, the iPhone must be returned to her father, Saiful Bahar Mahfudz. If you think the contract was merely a formality, you’re wrong as the elder sister learnt from first-hand experience.
“Speaking from personal experience, enforcement happens and it happens hard. They took away my laptop for a few months after breaking some terms when I was a teen,” Farha said, adding that everything goes according to the law in their house.
It’s also worth mentioning that none of the rules required Yasmine to be the smartest and brightest in her class, although her father did argue for her to stay in the top five at school. “My mum said there’s no guarantee for that, even if she had studied her hardest,” Farha said.
To avoid salty comments that say the family is mollycoddling Yasmine, the elder sister clarified that their parents would rather let the kids do what they want in the house than to let them lepak outside. “Parenting is done differently with every parent so I hope you can be open about it,” she said.
Well, this is certainly a very interesting and effective way of teaching Yasmine the value of responsibility. Hopefully, she can last until next year to renew the contract.
Hmm, we wonder if Yasmine can upgrade the phone loan after a year to the latest iPhone XD
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