Meet an honest person

Update: Jason texted me yesterday that All Around Services and Merchandising renewed his job contract. He was so thankful and happy.

Jason Miranda

I finally met the guy who found my cell phone and turned it over the Customer Service of Southmall. He is truly admirable.

Jason Miranda, 25, a janitor employed with All Around Services and Merchandising Corporation, services provider to companies, is assigned at Southmall in Las Pinas.

He said he found my cell phone on the floor near Counter 20 in the Supermarket. It must have fallen off my bag when I stooped to pick up the grocery paper bag that I dropped. I thought I was a victim of a pickpocket much more so because I returned to Counter 20 when I discovered that my phone was gone and the cashier said no phone was left there.

This happened about 3 pm of Dec. 19.

Jason said he immediately turned over my cellphone to the Customer Service of Southmall Supermarket. A lady called me up Friday morning, Dec. 21, to inform me that they have my cell phone. She said they looked at my phone directory and found my residential landline. She also said someone attempted to claim the phone but couldn’t give the number when they asked him. It just shows that as there are good people like Jason, there are also bad elements quick to seize opportunities to profit from the misfortune of others.

When I claimed my phone, Jason had already left for home . When I returned Saturday, it was his day-off.

Finally last Wednesday we were able to meet. We talked for a while and I learned that his contract with All Around Services is only up to Dec. 31, 2012. He is worried that his services may not be renewed because he had been tardy a number of times.

I asked him the reason for his tardiness which, I told him, is a bad working habit. He said he lives in Taguig and there are a lot of things that he had to attend to. But he said, if he is given a chance to continue working, he will not be late any more.”Ipinapangako ko po hindi na ako mali-late.”

“Medyo malayo po ang bahay pero masaya po ako sa work ko (I live far from work but I’m happy with my work.)” he said.

I volunteered to talk to the Human Resource manager of All Around, Che Pesigan, who explained that like all other contractual workers, Jason’s services are for a certain period. But it may be renewed. MAY.

Pesigan said they stress the importance of honesty to all their employees and they are glad that Jason practiced it.

Jason said they are eight brothers and sisters and he is a co-breadwinner in the family with his father. He is single. “Gusto ko muna tumulong sa mga magulang ko at mga kapatid (I want to help my parents and my brothers and sisters.),” he said. He said he is sending a pamangkin (niece/nephew) to school.

What Jason did proves that poverty is not an excuse to be dishonest. What he did re-affirms one’s faith in the goodness of man.
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Another nice aside to this story: before I got my cell phone back, a friend, upon learning that I lost my Blackberry, gave me one. I’m keeping it as a spare. Thank you very much.
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Everyone I have told that my lost cell phone was returned said it’s a “miracle” these days when incidents of theft are common occurrences.

Edna Ledesma shared her experience with pickpockets in Southmall:

“I came across your article through someone’s post in Facebook. I just want to let you know how lucky you are to have gotten your cellphone back, because I had 2 unfortunate experiences at SM Southmall.

“Sometime last year, I went to Southmall with my granddaughter. After opening my bag for the security check at the entrance, we rode the escalator to the third floor. We went to Toy Kingdom to look around, and then proceeded to the Food Court to buy some French fries. When I reached into my bag for my wallet, it was not there! That was only about 15 to 20 minutes since we arrived at the mall, and the only places we had been to were the security check, the escalator, and Toy Kingdom. I decided to go home right away, and check if I left my wallet at home. Unfortunately, it was not there.

So I started calling the banks and credit card companies where I had accounts with to inform them that the cards were lost. I also called the security of Southmall to check if anyone had returned the wallet. I was hoping that whoever it was who got it would leave the cards and IDs and just get the cash. However, I got a negative answer. So I had to get a new driver’s license, SSS ID, senior citizen’s card, credit cards (at P400 each!) and ATM cards. What a hassle!

“Then early this year, I was at the Ladies Shoes department of SM Southmall when someone sent me a message on my cellphone. So I took it out of my bag to read the message. After reading it, I put back the cellphone in my bag, and went around looking at the shoe displays. About ten minutes later, I checked my bag to get my cellphone, and surprise – it had disappeared! I didn’t bother to report the loss to the SM Security.

“So you see, after these two experiences, I really think you are soooooo lucky!”

December 30, 2012 7:04 pm  Tags: , ,   Posted in: Malaya

33 Responses

  1. Ellen - December 30, 2012 7:08 pm

    This is a re-post of Dec.27 post. I don’t know why it disappeared. I must have pressed a wrong key or something.

    I just saw that it disappeared from this blog when I opened my laptop here in the province.

  2. Ellen - December 31, 2012 5:10 am

    I’m afraid I’m hacked again.

  3. cocoy - December 31, 2012 8:15 am

    May your tribe increase

  4. vic - December 31, 2012 10:05 pm

    My bro in law lost his cell in some Mall parking lot in New York and the Good Samaritan turned if over to the mall customer service who posted it on FB and asked anyone to inform Dr Gene to Pick his cell at their customer service. (They’re doing it as part. Of advertising their Mall) and of course I seen many who immediately posted the notice on my bro in law FB account. I will know the detail as we will be having a family new year party at PA tonight. He thanked the Good Samaritan who did not even want identified. happy new year Ellen and to all a prosperous 2013.

  5. TonGuE-tWisTeD - January 1, 2013 11:44 am

    Talagang malapit ka sa mga Miranda, Ellen. O di naging dalawa pa Blackberry mo. Ipanakaw mo kaya laptop mo, madoble rin kaya? Saka pwede ko bang maging friend yang friend mong namimigay ng Blackberry?

    Haha-happy New Year!

  6. Ellen - January 1, 2013 6:27 pm

    Talaga,Tongue. I have two Miranda friends now, Angie Miranda, the Zumba dance instructor at Fitness First and now Jason.

    Yes, Tongue.Naging dalawa tuloy ang Blackberry ko.Joke ko nga, dapat pala sinabi ko “Samsung Note 2″ ang phone ko. Yun kasi ang dream phone ko ngayon.

    Joke lang. I’m counting my blessings nga e.

  7. MPRivera - January 2, 2013 7:01 pm

    maige pala at walang pinangalanang isnatser si ellen nu’ng mawaglit ang kanyang selpon, ano?

    kawawa ang labas ng pobreng kawatan at malalagay sa kahihiyan ang nakakahiya nang pangalan.

    aheheheheheh!

    Samsung Note 2 lang, ellen, hindi mo pa mabili?

    luma ka sa akin. hanggang ngayon ay 3510i pa ‘yung ginagamit ko. malapit ko na nga’ng i-donate sa national museum, eh.

  8. CandyGourlay - January 4, 2013 9:37 pm

    Mabuhay ka, Jason Miranda. Kalangan ka ng bayan natin.

  9. Ellen - January 4, 2013 10:09 pm

    Update: Jason texted me yesterday that his job with All Around Services and Merchandising Corp. has been renewed.

  10. MPRivera - January 6, 2013 6:47 pm

    contractual pa rin ang sistema. tuso talaga ang mga kapitalistang gusto ay sila na lamang ang mabuhay sa mundo.

    paano’ng magkakaroon ng kapanatagan ang karaniwang mamamayan kung ganyang hindi alam kung hanggang kailan patuloy na malalamanan ang tiyan?

    meron pa bang pag-asa na magkaroon ng tunay na seguridad sa trabaho ang mga pinoy sa sariling bayan?

    tsk. tsk. tsk.

  11. MPRivera - January 6, 2013 7:17 pm

    sobrang lakas na ng piso kontra dolyar subalit wala namang purchasing power sa mismong sariling bansa.

    magtataka pa ba tayo kung isang araw ay wala na kahit isang mamumuhunang maglalakas loob magtayo ng negosyo sa bansa? lalo’t higit ay ang pagbulusok ng ating economic security na siyang pinakamatinding dahilan ng lalong pagtaas ng kriminalidad sa bawat sulok ng pilipinas.

    kunsabagay, ano ba ang pakialam ng mga namumuno sa banasa sa isyung ito?

  12. MPRivera - January 6, 2013 7:18 pm

    “……….kunsabagay, ano ba ang pakialam ng mga namumuno sa BANSA sa isyung ito?”

  13. MPRivera - January 7, 2013 6:54 pm

    Umaabot sa kabuuang 4,646,963 milyong Filipino ang nakakuha ng trabaho sa ibang bansa noong 2011 na lumagpas sa 1.6 million deployment target ng Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) noong 2010.

    http://www.abante-tonite.com/issue/jan0713/news_story09.htm

    ‘yan ang patuloy na ipinagmamalaki ng alinmang administrasyon. pagpapatunay lamang na HINDI nila kayang bigyan ng disenteng trabaho ang mamamayang kanilang INUUTO sa panahon ng pangangampanya.

    ang ating mga mambabatas naman, sa halip na KUNG ano anong panukala ang kanilang isulong ay magtulong tulong na lamang sila sa pag-iisip KUNG paano nila maisusulong ang pagpapataas ng antas ng kabuhayan ng ating mga kababayan.

    kung ‘yun bang kanilang mga pork barrel ay pinagsasamasama nila upang makalikha ng sarisaring trabaho SA HALIP na ibulsa ang malaking bahagi, ‘di mas marami silang matutulungan, di ba?

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