The other day I needed to deposit 500k pesos in cash into my bank account with BDO. It was on a weekday midmorning and the queue was obviously quite long. So I lined up as any orderly person would do and waited for my turn to come at the queue. It was about 30 minutes of waiting in the queue before my turn comes. I would be the next customer to be called from the 3 tellers manning the counter. Was I glad that the wait was finally over, I thought to myself.
But at that very moment there was a lady staff sitted at those desks counters called out to me if I was there for deposits. My replied was yes, and she offered to assist me in the transaction. Obviously her intention was to help out the tellers as the queue was never ending during that period of time. Boy, I was glad that I could go over to the desk counter and be sitted while she do the transaction, after been standing for over half hour!
Here comes the pissing part of the story. She took my cash and actually started to count them manually!. I said wait a minute here young lady, you’re not going to count those cash with your fingers and brain, and she replied yes, she had to do it manually as there was no machine next to her and that she would have to go 3 desks away to use the machine. I told her to use a cash counting machine instead as I’d been standing in the queue for 30 minutes and it was already my turn at the counter, and the tellers would have used the counting machine to check the cash. Besides I told her I’m rushing for time and I can’t wait any further, but she did not get my message and continue to keep counting the cash!
That was when I started to lose my cool and I raise my voice to insist she go count the damn cash on the machine. I ask her if she was going to count manually if I were to deposit 1 million or even 2 million in cash. I told her to use her brains, or bloody initiative, if she had any! And I further told her that she was not helping me by asking me to come to her desk to deposit, as it was already my turn at the tellers. So after my loud rambling at her desk, which attracted many onlookers and even the manager, she brought the cash to the machine 3 desks away, put the cash in, and in less than 10 seconds, it was all clear and done – the full 500,000 peso cash counted!! To add further to the Filipino stupid mentality, I bet if a Filipino was in my shoes that day, he/she would have accepted the situation without raising an eyebrow.
This is just an incident of meeting Filipino stupidity head on in our daily lives here.