I’m a frequent shopper at a particular store, the security guards know who i am as i stand out and they are typically nice enough to say “hello sir” when i walk in and “thank you sir” when i roll away with a cart with anywhere between 200-3000 php worth of groceries.
On one fateful afternoon as i was walking out, a lone security guard grabbed my arm and said “give me money or ill arrest you for shoplifting.” I put a huge grin on my face and said “You know my co-worker behind you just heard everything you said.”‘
He grew pale in his tracks and then tried forcing me back into the store. My co-worker started screaming. I didn’t resist and just went along with this short and fat security guard’s pushing all the way into their office where the store’s managers came in with another security guard and asked me what was going on.
Things played out, he denied that he said that, then i motioned to bring my companion in with me. Things went in another direction. Then i asked “ok if im shoplifting, where is the stolen items and how do you know im shoplifting? why did you drag me in here?”
The security guard was dead silent. The store manger and the security guard exchanged heightened tone of words. Then eventually the manager turned to me asking for my receipt and he stepped outside and spoke with my companion and searched my cart of groceries. All the while the second security guard kept his eyes on the corrupt security guard.
Eventually i was free to go, but i didn’t want to stop there. I wanted full justice, so i spoke with the manager and he called the barangay then the barangay brought the actual police in. Now i have a court date with that security guard for conspiracy and corruption.
Pretty fucked up. I’m glad things went my way, and im especially glad i had a friend with me for the first time while shopping. It’s almost like it was meant to be.Published in