THIEF ON A BUS
Since, my travel time from our house going to work, usually takes an hour or more, going back home after shift, takes around 2 more hours. In my everyday life, my mode of transportation is a bus. Once I get on a bus, I would start taking a nap and enjoy it for almost an hour. Today, I got on an air conditioned bus of CHER at around 4:45AM. I am a regular customer of this bus company for more than 5 years now. And, I have no complaints about them, they are one of the best bus company here in the Philippines. When the bus started moving, I decided to take my usual nap. When all of a sudden, the conductor asked me to pay right away for the ticket, which is quite unusual. He gave me P30 worth of tickets. I gave him a P100 bill. But, he showed me some other P20 bills on his hands, while telling me that he'll come back with the change. He didn't even look at my face, he left hastily. But, I still managed to tell him that he still got my change. So, to cut the story short, he owes me P70. I had no other money in my pocket at that time, other than the P100 bill I gave him. For security purposes, all I bring every single day when I go to work is just P100 up to P120 (That's just around 2.5$). And, some ID's and bank cards. I also always bring my own food, and a tumbler, to get a free coffee and water at the office. It was very clear in my mind that I wasn't day dreaming. I am fully aware that I gave him P100 bill, since, that's the only amount of money I bring every single day, for the past five years. Which is just enough to take me to my workplace and get me home. I don't bring extra money, since I have my bank cards, I could easily get to an ATM, If ever I need to. From LETRE to ORTIGAS, or from ORTIGAS to LETRE, fare is just P30 (Which is just around 0.80$). When the bus stopped in CUBAO, I realized that my change was not yet returned to me by the bus conductor. I waited a little bit more, and he never go back at the back part of the bus where I was sitting. It gave me the hint that this person was trying to do something stupid. After we passed GREENHILLS, I calmly approached him and asked for the change of my P100 bill. He looked back at me, and told me that he'll give me my change for the P50. I answered him back, and said to him that I gave him P100 and NOT P50. He then told me again, "Sir, what you just gave me was just P50!!!".... What the hell? I told him again, that it wasn't true, telling him that, "I just bring P100 every single day, and there's no way for me to forget my change"... When he got convinced that he couldn't really fool me. He finally gave me the P70... Although, I was disappointed, I still told him in a very nice way, that he could have given me the change a bit earlier or write something in my ticket, so he couldn't just accuse me of something. He made me look like a fool; other passengers looked at me as If I was the "bad guy". But the truth is, I was actually the victim of this thief on a bus...
I just felt so bad, I could have just given him the money If he just asked me for it in a nice way. No need for him to lie or make up stories, it's just money. If I could help, I would, as long as I can, as I always do for anyone.. I also always return the excess change of their bus conductors, which happened to me several times now. I understand how difficult it is to earn a living, here in the Philippines... But, taking advantage of the situation or anyone will just make the situation worse. If ever this happens to you, whether you are in a cab, jeepney or on a bus, don't hesitate to stand up for your right. It is not just about the money. Because, If you won't do it, for sure, they'll try their luck and do it to other passenger's. There are so many kinds of thieves. So, beware! Some uneducated and greedy bus conductors might take advantage of you, If they see you sleepy or just being alone. This also served as a lesson to me. Peace!
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