If you’ve spent any amount of time here in the Philippines, you will encounter the need to pay a bill. Well, it’s not like the rest of the modern world where you can just go online and “boom”, bill paid! Almost all bills are paid in person at either the office of the vendor or at a bayad center like SM, Cebuana, LBC, etc.
If you’ve had to do this arduous task, you may have encountered a situation where the due date has passed on the bill (even by one day). In that case, the idiot employee will say “sorry sir, I can’t accept your payment because it is past the due date”. Of course, logic would question why the hell that would matter. If I’m a company and I want a customer to pay (ESPECIALLY if late), I want that money! So, really it is just monopolies that can afford to turn away money. All regular companies want you to pay and as easily and painlessly as possible.
So, here is a funny as all hell thing that just happened to me. I tried to pay the water bill, which was like P220 (maybe about $5 USD). The due date was the day before but I hadn’t looked at the bill before I left that day. The chick at the SM payment desk says I can’t pay it there and I have to go to their main office to pay it. I’m super irritated and I ask her why that is? I get the standard “Sorry sir that is our policy”. I said, “well that’s not a reason. I am asking WHY that is the policy”. Blank confused stare.
I say “fuck this” and leave and I don’t pay the bill. I am not going to waste gas running all over town so I can pay a $5 water bill! If they come to the house, I will just give the guy P400 pesos and call it good. What a stupid ass waste of time, right?
So, here is the SUPER funny part. Nobody ever shows up about the bill, the service, or anything. Water continues to flow as normal. The next bill arrived about 5 days ago and of course I can see that the balance includes the previous month’s past due amount. So, my bill is now about P450. The due date however is May 29, 2015. So, I’m thinking “I bet these dip fucks are so stupid that I can just go down there with this new bill and pay both the past due and current amount.” And you know what? I WAS RIGHT!!! Haha. I went up there, handed her the bill, and gave her P500. She smiled, entered the bill, and gave me my receipt and change. It all took about 1 minute! Now was that so fucking hard?????
I drove home just laughing my ass off at the absolute stupidity in play here every single day. Anyway, problem solved! Just don’t pay the damn bill and pay it later when it has a new due date. They got their money even later, and I didn’t waste half my day and gas trying to comply with their stupid dumb fuck policy.Published in