Regarding one recent story about hotel booking and sudden charging for extra person. I mentioned there it’s better to always ask for receipt here. And here’s my story why you always should do that. It’s not really about pinoy stupidity this time, but more about their sneaky nature which I guess forces them to perform some doubtful actions to get extra peso or two.
So one day I was at Ayala mall on my way to buy some food supplements. I do it at GNC shop, so I did this time. Inside there was just one “manager”, one of those guys who always ask “how can I help you”, one of those who you’ll never ask for help actually. I guess all of us tried to ask at least once something like “tell me does it contain blabla component?” As a normal manager operating hardly 50 different titles you will just give prompt response. Pinoy “manager” will get the package and start to read it as if you haven’t tried to read it just 10 seconds ago. I believe they’d like to help and to be useful, but I also believe they’re lazy and incompetent not making even one step to become familiar with goods they sell.
Anyway there was this bored guy who only finished his usual phrase “how may I help you” when I was already pointing to one exact jar. GNC has membership system, so every item has 2 prices, in this case it was 743 for members and 929 for regular customers. I don’t have card, so I usually pay full price. That’s what I told to my “manager” and we proceeded back to the cashier. He gave me 71 change and started to look for plastic bag. I said there’s no need as I had my bag already. I also refused from paper bag which he tried to offer instead.
Now what happens next. He says “thank you sir”, as if this deal is closed and I can get lost. Wait a minute. “Where is my receipt?” – “Oh yes sorry sir, I’ll print it now”. He prints and I leave. I only take one final glance at the paper he gave me: and it says I was offered some “senior discount”, which downs the amount I had to pay exactly to member price: 743 pesos lang. So I’m coming back to ask my questions. To my surprise there was no drama, no scandal, he just gave me extra pesos and I left.
That’s all for today. Be good girls and boys and always ask for receipt, especially in this place where literally everyone is trying to take advantage of you, my fellow walking ATMs.