When in Manila, it is quite common for some people to commute by riding jeepneys to their destinations. The minimum cost of these rides is 8 pesos for adults or 6 pesos for students.
One student shared a few screenshots with us of how that kind of mentality actually exists in some schools. In a nutshell, someone noticed a girl failing to pay the jeepney driver her 6-peso fare more than once and called her out in a Facebook group. Surprisingly, someone came to her defense and said it wasn’t a big deal because it was “only 6 pesos” and “doesn’t make a big difference”.
Let me put it this way, though: what if everyone who rode a jeepney had that mentality and didn’t pay their fare? How much money would the jeepney driver lose because of it? Read their full conversation below:
The student who shared these screenshots with us added:
Sana po mawala na ang gantong nakaguliang pagiisip sa pilipinas na kung saan ang maliit na halaga at kasalan ay binabaliwala dahil sa kadahilanang “yun lang naman”. Hindi alam ng karamihan na kahit kakaunting halaga lang ang iyong ninakaw ay hindi iyon isang “pagnanakaw o korapsyon” at kung minsan naman ang mga maliliit na kasalanan naman ay wala lang dahil nga “maliit lang daw” kung nawiwili kang gumawa ng kasalan malamang may chansang makagawa ka naman ng malaki kaya sana wag baliwalain ang ganitong problema sa ating bansa. Maraming salamat po at pagpalain ng panginoon.
Rough translation: I hope that this kind of Filipino mentality, where Filipino’s takesmall amounts of money for granted, will go away. A lot of people seem to fail to realize that even stealing something with little value is still stealing. Some people also consider small sins as nothing without realizing that small sins could eventually turn into bigger ones. Hopefully, we can stop overlooking these kinds of problems in our country. Thank you and God bless.
What do you think of this situation? Do you think the girl who failed to pay her fare shouldn’t be reprimanded because of a mere 6 pesos?