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.