Chapter 561 - Coercion
A scowl flashed across Mr. Kang's face but he was well aware of his harsh situation so he swallowed the unpleasantry and forced a smile. "Zou li'l bro, don't be angry. I didn't mean that….."
"Little bro? What do you mean li'l bro? I'm not even little. Motherf*cker, are you looking down at me?" Zou Ruoguang slapped Mr. Kang, leaving a red handprint behind.
Mrs. Kang heard the yelling and ran in. She saw her husband get slapped and was furious. "Who are you? What are you guys doing here?"
Mr. Kang looked behind and saw his wife. Terrified, he signaled to her in warning. These people weren't to be offended. "This is Chairman Zhang, Chairman Zou, and next to them is… Zou bro," he introduced.
Mr. Kang was afraid to call Ruoguang li'l bro, so he called him Zou bro instead. Although it was inappropriate to call someone younger than him bro, he didn't have a choice.
"Dear, what are you doing? What are they doing here? Police, call the police! I don't believe that they aren't afraid of 110!" Mrs. Kang suggested when she saw her husband's panic.
"Hahaha!" Tiandi burst into laughter. "Call the cops? Go ahead! I'd like to see what'll happen. Arresting a customer at a teahouse? We're here for tea, y'know!"
"You hit my husband!" Mrs. Kang pointed at Ruoguang.
"Hit your husband? Did I? Did you witness that? Old man, did I hit you?" Ruoguang glared at Mr. Kang.
"N-No…" Mr. Kang knew that they couldn't do anything against the Zous. Even if the police came, they were helpless as well. It was just a slap! But when the police left, the neverending trouble would remain .
Mrs. Kang was taken aback. She read the atmosphere and realized that they weren't normal people. But, she wasn't sure of their identities so she looked at Mr. Kang inquisitively.
Mr. Kang breathed a sigh of relief, walked over, and whispered to her, "Chairman Zhang is the boss across from our teahouse while Chairman Zou is the CEO of Tiandi Entertainment, and that kid over there, Zou Ruoguang, is the gangster leader in the north. We can't make them our enemies."
"What?! It's them!" Mrs. Kang finally found out their backgrounds. She didn't know Zhang Baji had such powerful people behind him. She was surprised.
Baji and Tiandi were delighted to see Mrs. Kang's reaction. "Mr. Kang, I heard that your business is already at the limit and you're looking for buyers to take over your business, aren't you? I'm interested, let's have a little chat."
"The limit?" Mr. Kang was startled. He finally understood their intention. Were they coercing him into selling his business? He was displeased, but he knew he couldn't do anything about it, and his business wasn't going smoothly with these people around him, so he decided to let it go as he nodded. "Yes, I'm looking for a buyer to take over my business. May I ask, Chairman Zhang, how much are you offering?"
"Hmm, I have no idea, actually. Zou Bro, can you help us out?" Baji put on a front and looked at Tiandi.
The Kangs looked at Baji in surprise. Baji was operating a teahouse, and he didn't know the price? Was he bullshiting? But his motive was obvious. They couldn't fight back if the price was decided by Tiandi, could they?
"Lemme see, this street is roughly 10,000 square meters and your teahouse has two floors, so it should be around 200 square meters in total. Two million is a good price," Tiandi said solemnly.
"What?" Mr. Kang stared in shock at Tiandi. He was right; the street was 10,000 square meters, but the building area wasn't. His teahouse occupied 200 square meters, but the building area was almost 300 square meters. The price should be around 2,780,000. Besides, that was just the price of the building! Renovations, tableware, and the good quality tea were not even accounted for. Furthermore, he had a better offer last time. 4 million for his teahouse, but he rejected that guy. There was no way Mr. Kang would allow Tiandi to cut the price in half.
"Haha, Dad, the old man was mesmerized by the price! I think you've miscalculated; this stupid teahouse should only be around 1 million!" Ruoguang butted in. "Uncle Zhang, you're operating a teahouse; you should know the price best. What do you think?"
"I think you're right! Master Zou is always right!" Baji nodded and said, "But since Zou bro has spoken, I've no choice but to offer them 2 million! Mr. Kang, what do you think?"
"I have the deed for my teahouse; the building area is 280 square meters and I've renovated…" Mr. Kang couldn't just sell it for 2 million, could he? He had thought that Baji would offer him 4 million, but it was just 2 million. The difference was too vast!
2 million was too little for them since selling the teahouse meant selling both the business and their own home. To be honest, much less a good spot in the city, they couldn't even afford to survive after buying a house in the slums.
"Isn't it ridiculous? If we have to pay for your renovation as well?" Ruoguang continued. "Old man, are you an idiot? No people will look at the renovation for a secondhand house."
"Uhhh…" Mr. Kang was speechless. He wanted to argue, but he remembered that the kid was the leader of the gangs in the north, so he was afraid to talk.
"Fine. 280 square meters it is then. I'll buy your house for 2,800,000!" The guy who offered 4 million for Mr. Kang's house was sent by Baji. He had wanted to buy it with that price but was rejected, so he had to no choice but to apply the alternative way in obtaining the teahouse.
Naturally, Baji couldn't offer 4 million anymore because he had given Tiandi 500,000 for this dirty work. Tiandi even promised to get the house with a price lower than 3 million.
"Chairman Zhang, we're businessmen. Let's talk about fairness. Not long ago, someone even offered me 4 million." Mr. Kang was bad at doing business. He was too quick to reveal his last resort. "If you're willing to buy my house for 4 million, then it's yours!"