When i was a weeee lil lad my dad lost his cellphone at LAX, fell out of his pocket while sitting, accidentally left it on a table top who knows. Before my dad even arrives home we got a phone call at home from a stranger saying he found his cell phone. The stranger said “i figured it was lost so i thought i would dial “Home” and inform you guys, ill leave it with airport security for your dad to pick up later. Have a good night.” He said all these nice things while talking to a young boy (me), didnt even leave his name. i distinctly remember this event in my life because when my dad came home he looked very sad, then he smiled when i told him about the phone call. This event also shaped me to be honest in cases where i find lost belongings. There have been dozens of times i find a bag or lost phone just sitting at a table in a mall or a coffee shop. I do my best to respect the owner’s privacy by leaving the lost goods with security or shop management.
In the the flippalines though, Lose your cell phone and its lost forever. Doesn’t matter whether its a smart phone or a cheap 300 php piece of shit. People here will go out of their way to steal your cell phone, i imagine relatives stealing from each other too. I hear stores of native pinoys that live in bedspace homes or have room mates, of having their cell phones stolen. This guy i know has had 5 of his cellphones stolen, 2 laptops and a desktop pc stolen. He lives in one of those bedspace homes but he rents his own room. While his sense of security is too trusting this is nonetheless ridiculous.
Another recent story in the failappines where a tenant was months behind in paying the rent and electric/water shares. When the landlord gave them the final notice to move out. The oldest son of that family resorted to breaking into neighboring tenant spaces and homes to steal cell phones and other goods. Then my back up cell phone was stolen. I used android device manager to locate the phone. It said it was less than 50 meters from my position then i gave it the command to make it ring at max volume for 5 minutes. I tracked it down to the offender and started knocking on their door. The ole lady smiled and i asked “that cell phone thats ringing why isn’t anyone picking it up?” then she walked back and brought it to the door. “This is mine, see? i have the password to unlock it” then she gasped and said “my son…” the son was arrested and the family evicted.
I’ve also made a post about sharing living space with flips in a past visit to the Philippines and it’s like all my stuff belonged to them. The rest is history.
When i was in school in my home country, i rented rooms in homes for 5 years. Often multiple rooms were rented out in these homes. Not once has there been an issue of stolen belongings. A few food bites here and there that were admitted to before confrontation and compensated with what was lost but that’s commonplace and courteous. “Hey i took bite out of your pizza ill buy your own pizza whenever you want later” etc etc. Then i would say something like “It’s cool there was no way i was going to finish it all” etc etc. Sometimes i leave notes on my tuppled food that roommates could help themselves.Published in