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Thursday, February 21, 2013

The Poor Vendor On A Gloomy Friday


It's a gloomy Friday! Good thing I brought my umbrella last night and save me from getting soaked from the pouring rain today. Atleast I'm ready for the rain. But little did I know, I'll come across somebody who wasn't prepared for what this gloomy day is going to bring. I got lucky, he didn't. And I really feel sad for him.

So there I was. I rode the Metro Rail Transit (MRT) like the usual. When I got out of the train station, I saw the lady vendor who sells my favorite sweet corn. I went straight to her and bought three pieces like the every other day. We don't know each other's name but she already recognized me as one of her avid buyer. She's comfortable talking about just anything that pops in her mind even in that short span of times that I buy from her. 

Today, she told me about the vendor right beside her who sells kakanin (some Filipino native delicacies). She said the poor guy just became a victim of a scam. Here in the Philippines, we call them budol gang. I myself became a victim once before. And just hearing another person experience the same horrible thing I went through sent chills to my spine. I thought to myself before, "Was it budol budol? Or just plain supidity?". But it happened to a lot of people here in my country in all walks of life. I think it has to do with us,Filipinos, being trusting in nature. Not that we are stupid, sometimes we just see good in people perhaps.

I pity the poor vendor. The scammers were able to get PhP1000 from him without a sweat. According to the lady vendor, the guy made the old man believe that he's buying a lot of his goods. He showed the old man a 1,000 peso bill, and asked to give him a change of 650 pesos. The old man gave the change right away and later realized that the guy actually haven't handed him the 1,000 peso bill yet. The scammer was quick to leave with the goods and the money. The old man was left in dismay.

I still wonder how those kind of people afford to take advantage of others who work very hard to earn for a living. I walk past this old man everyday. He's one of those street vendors who don't mind the weather, the dusty road and the noisy streets of EDSA just to be able to bring food on their table. Everyday is a challenge to them and then they come across people who would just take their money and leave them in despair. Sigh. I hope it wouldn't be that gloomy everyday for the poor vendor. And the guy who took his money, he will receive his punishment in time.

13 comments:

Khakiness said...

Poor vendor. There are a lot of evil guys lurking everywhere. We really need to be careful all the time.

Paul Pruel said...

I am in Cavite, the whole night til morning of Friday was raining.

Ria C said...

Some people are just plain ruthless. I always believe in the cosmic power of karma. What you sow is what you will reap.

As for the scammer, it will come back to the person 101 times and it may not be directly to the scammer but to the family he cares about.

I feel bad for the misfortune of one hapless and honest vendor who makes a living through these kinds of conditions and yet, he still gets the injustice he doesn't deserve. I just hope he'll recover his losses some other day and his sales will be twice or even thrice as much.

Chubskulit Rose said...

Oh my goodness, kawawa naman si Tatay. I can feel the gut wrenching pain just thinking about it..

Rovie Aguis said...

I pity the poor vendor. He could not do anything but move on, accept what happened and learned from it.

Sana ma karma ang nanloko sa kanya. Praying that the Lord will return what was lost to him a hundred fold.

betchai said...

that's very sad, i wonder why others could live with that, taking advantage of people.

Kikay Corner said...

That's sad! Crooks don't discriminate anymore. Even the ones who are obviously not able become victims. May the Lord deal with those crooks accordingly. :(

papaleng said...

Those budul-budul gang should rot in jail. Walang patawad. I too was almost a victim of this modus operandi.

kulasa said...

poor vendor...I pray no one gets victimized by these kind of people again...thank you for sharing, reminds me to be very careful when dealing with strangers..have a safe weekend :)

Nova Hedges said...

getting ready for everything we faces is something we need to prepare....sometimes, being forgetful isn't that good for it turns out that we are getting lazy instead of thinking what should we do..

Jessica Cassidy said...

Poor vendors trying to earn money and get soak :-( I hope that they earn enough money to support the family for that day and hope that next day is a sunny day to earn money :-)

cheerful said...

oh, that's sad...karma's around lang naman. pero kakaawa naman iyong matanda kasi nagtyatyaga syang magtinda naloko pa. :( minsan hirap na talaga dyan sa atin magtiwala, or even kahit dito din sa abroad...anyway, ingat-ingat ka na lang palagi para hindi na maulit. :)

Engkantandang Malikot said...

It makes me furious knowing such people exist. How can they take advantage of the old man. He's working hard to earn some income and whoever he is who had the guts to do this crime shall be punished soon, maybe not by our law but I'm pretty sure karma is just around.

Kawawa naman yung vendor. Iilan nga lang ang kinikita, nabiktima pa! :(