We all have our commute scares – may it be hold-ups, losing things or getting off at the wrong stop or station; these are just the few things daily commuters face when taking public transportation.
For commuter and Facebook user John Erick Ami, he unfortunately lost his wallet whilst a jeepney ride in Manila. With a burden on his back with this situation, he hopes he doesn’t be another burden himself to the jeepney driver being unable to pay the right amount of fare.
With the highest expectations of an ugly situation about to unfold, it was turned around.
Through a Facebook post, he shares the kindness of the jeepney driver when he confessed that is wallet was nowhere to be found and had only Php 3 in his pocket.
He captions the photo set:
“Shout out pala kay Manong ng San Miguel ikot. Pasikatin natin to.
Hindi lang pala sa Uber o Grab nangyayari yun, pati pala sa Jeep.
Papasok ako ng school sa Adamson, pag-sakay ko, hindi ko na makapa yung wallet ko. Tinignan ko na yung buong bag ko tas lahat ng bulsa ko, wala talaga.
Buti kahit papano may tres ako sa bulsa, so lumipat ako ng upuan, duon sa likod niya.
Tas sabi ko, “Kuya pedeng tres nalang nawawala wallet ko”.
Sumagot si manong “Ayan.” Medyo malakas akala ko galit.
“Ayan ang maganda, yung nagsasabi kesa yung mga nanahimik tas hindi nag babayad.”
Pag abot ko ng tres sa kanya, inabutan niya ako ng trenta pesos, tas sabi niya “Baka hindi ka na makauwi mamaya oh, eto pamasahe”.
Mangiyak ngiyak na ko nung panahon na yun, unang byahe palang ni Manong yun eh. Tas di ko inexpect na mag bibigay siya ng tulong, given na ang hina na ng kita ng nga jeepney driver. Pero na appreciate ko kasi kahit pare parehas tayung mahihirap meron paring handang tumulong.
Pag baba ko, nag pasalamat ako kay manong, tas sabi niya “Ingat ka, Anak”.
So ayun, kahit pala gabi may buwan na handang magnakaw ng liwanag para tanglawan tayung nasa kadiliman.”
Shout out to the [jeepney] driver at the San Miguel roundabout. Let’s make this trend.
It doesn’t just happen to taxi rides – even in jeepney rides after all.
I was bound to go to school (in Adamson) when I hopped on the jeep, I couldn’t obtain my wallet. I looked for it inside my entire bag, even in the pockets; but I couldn’t find it.
Good thing I had Php 3 in my pocket. I moved seats, I sat behind the jeepney driver.
I told him, ‘Kuya, I can only give you Php 3 since my wallet is missing.’
He answered, ‘Here.’ He said it in a louder voice, I thought he was angry.
“That’s what’s nice- where you tell the truth rather than staying quiet and not paying.”
When I gave him the Php 3, he reached back Php 30. He added, “You might not be able to go home, so here’s some fare.”
I was close to tears at this point, that was the driver’s first trip. I did not expect that he would reach out and help me, given the fact that jeepney drivers don’t make much. But I very much appreciate the gesture because we’re both going through hardship but he was still willing to help me.
When I went down, I thanked him, and even wished me a safe commute, calling me “anak” (child).
So there, the nights have the moon and are willing to get more light to illuminate the darkness.”
WHEN IN MANILA has reached out to John Erick Ami for further details.
“Nakaka taba po ng puso, kasi hindi ko ineexpect na may tutulong sa akin. Kasi, okay na yung libre yung pamasahe pero nag look forward pa si manong hanggang sa paguwi. Sobra akong na mesmerize kay manong.”
(Rough translation: My heart is full. I did not expect that someone was going to help me. It was the idea that he took care of my fare but manong looked forward to my trip going home. I’m very much mesmerized by him.”
Nothing but love for this jeepney driver! Hoping for more people like you, manong! <3
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Disclaimer: WheninManila.com does not own these photos. Photo credits go to John Erick Ami. You may view the original post here.