So I’ve always followed this blog, but I’ve never actually posted an article until now. Something happened today that completely mind-fucked me with the stupidity of Filipinos that I had to submit this story.
A bit about myself – Born in the Philippines, left as an infant at the age of 1, I don’t speak the language, I somewhat understand the culture, I’m an ignorant American by nationality, Filipino by ethnicity, and I’m working in the Philippines.
Now, on to my story.. I live in a very pleasant, semi-upscale high-rise condominium that is even maintained and managed by an international property management company. I assumed that because the property was being managed by a company that I’m familiar with and I’ve seen growing up in DC and Virginia, that maybe they would at least filter out the rotten apples before hiring them to work in my building – today I realized I was wrong, a Filipino will still consistently fail in life no matter what company he or she works for.
My condominium unit included 2 parking spots, which was not a problem until I purchased a 3rd automobile 5 months ago. I had a meeting with the admin to inquire about renting a 3rd parking spot, everything went smooth, and we secured a 3rd parking spot from a neighboring tenant for a 6 month rental period.
This morning I get a phone call from one of the security guards asking me to move my car or the admin will have it towed. I went up to the admin office to find out what the confusion was about and I spoke with a “newly hired” admin. Our conversation went something like this:
Admin – Sir, I’m sorry to inform, the spot your lease is expired na po.
Me – I think you’ve made a mistake, I have my receipt here that shows a 6 month rental beginning March 27.
Admin – Sir, i’m also hab those record at your file here. please looking to this one you signed 6 months ago. (pulls out the carbon copy of what I already had a copy of in my hand)
Me – Yep! so you see that’s dated March 27 and it’s for a 6 month parking lease, that means I’m good until September 27. Glad we could clear that issue up, let me know if there’s anything else you need, thanks! (Tried to walk away).
Admin – Sir wait lang poh (starts counting with her fingers and mumbling some filipino shit) Sir you see march 27 plus 6 months is end august 27 so you’re expiring na today. your hab to moving your car now or we will tow at owner’s expense po.
Me – (facepalm) No, i think you should pull out a calculator so you can do basic math of +6 and realize you’ve made a mistake here.
Admin – (blank stare)
Me – Do you understand or should we sit down and do the calculation together?
Admin – (blank stare)
Me – I’m not going to be the idiot that tries to argue with a bag of rocks, so pull out your calculator and figure it out. Bye (tried to walk away).
Admin – Sir wait lang po, I’m sorry i’m only work here 3 months and I’m try to organize the paperworks from old admin. (begins to count with her fingers and mumble in tagalog again).
Me – Okay it’s fine, apology accepted. Is this issue sorted out? Can I go now?
Admin – Yes sir, but if your leave your car there, then you have to pay additional 3000 pesos for additional month extension po.
At this point I was so frustrated that I stormed out. I went and knocked on my neighbors door (the neighbor who had actually owned the spot and agreed to rent it out to us for 6 months) to confront him and find out what was really going on here. He was a logical Canadian guy and he invited me in to talk. He was actually surprised when I told him what the admin was saying. He showed me the copy of his email to the admin explaining what he wanted.
Basically he needed the parking spot back and in his email he explained to the admin that he was willing to compensate us for terminating the parking spot lease early. In the email, he clearly states that he’s willing to refund us for the 1 month and pay as an additional month for our troubles and pay parking. He also said that he already gave the admin 6000 pesos to give to us if we are willing to accept his offer.
So the whole ordeal ended up with me, the Canadian, and my girlfriend (who speaks better tagalog than I) going back to the admin office to confront her. In tagalog, my girlfriend spoke with the admin as a translator for myself and the Canadian.
Turns out she accepted the 6k from my neighbor, thought she was super smart in her plus 6 FAILED calculation, tried to scam us for another 3k, thought she could get away with never telling us about my neighbors offer, and walk away with 9k pesos total.
Then this dumb bitch looks at us and says “sorry poh, it’s not my fault kasi there’s a mistake on the date March 27”. (super face palm)
1. Filipinos will always try to take advantage of others.
2. Filipinos will consistently be stupid or play stupid because it’s easier than facing reality.
3. Filipinos will never accept fault or accountability for their actions.
4. NEVER TRUST A FILIPINO.Published in