By Irina Pino
HAVANA TIMES – Boredom comes when isolation due to COVID-19 imposes. Young people home-cell phone-entertained themselves if they can pay for the mobile data plan and communicate with their friends, but when megabytes run out they feel overwhelmed and madly bored.
A 33-year-old neighbor of ours, recently unemployed because the cafe where he works is closed, came up with a way to get easy money by creating a fake Facebook profile. Now his name is Samantha, as one of the Sex and The City series’ fictional characters. Samantha is the promiscuous woman not worried about having a serious relationship, who seeks out her sexual satisfaction, no matter where it comes from.
Yosbel is now Samantha; with the corresponding sexy young female profile photo. She has gained some followers with whom she holds hot conversations. These include short erotic nude pose videos sent by Whatsapp, in which she performs more daring practices like masturbation.
Where did he obrtain those videos from? The answer is quite simple. They were from a stock of highly treasured materials sent to him by girlfriends from other Cuban provinces.
Yosbel shook off the dust off these memories and gives them a more “productive” use. By doing so, he has managed to get his cell phone credit topped up and money sent to him by the Western Union.
He is in his element; yet, once one of these men wanted to talk directly and listen to Samantha’s pleasant female voice. A cousin of his accepted to deceive and fool the guy with lies and trifles. Now he is content, his cell phone balance never reaches zero and, in case of emergency, he sells mobile phone credit for cash.
Buying and selling cell phones, another alternative
Another young man from my neighborhood buys second-hand cell phones advertised in Revolico.com, where anything and everything is for sale. During the pandemic the lack of supplies coming from abroad has affected the market. So, he searches ads, buys, waits a reasonable time and, when the previous seller removes the ad, he posts it with his name.
A few days ago he told my son that he was nearly to be hit by a buyer. A week after selling this client a 15-day-warranty cell phone, the guy comes back telling him to exchange it or give him back the money, more than 700 CUC (= to USD).
Luckily, the problem was solved.Together they took the cell phone to two places where these devices are repaired. The specialists told the buyer the phone didn’t work due to a bump or drop, or perhaps moisture, and not from a manufacturing default. So the guy dropped his demand of the seller and decided to have it repaired.
I suppose such things come with the job, for those who seek alternatives to get money in these times of pandemic and other demons.