Monday, December 10, 2007

The Honest Driver

As I was enjoying a cup of coffee and free wifi, one of the coffe shop attendants arrived riding a taxi. I did not really take notice of her until a couple of minutes later when she panicked realizing that she left her phone on the cab.

“Consider it gone. What can you expect of people these days?” said one of her coworkers.

“Give him a ring. Offer him money just to return your phone.” suggested another.

She dialed her own cellphone number and was glad it was ringing. But no one picked it up at the other end. Then she sent a text message begging anyone who happens to find her phone to return it at the coffee shop.

“You’d be fortunate if he returns the phone.” said the guy who made the pessimistic comment earlier. “You’d better look for a new phone.”

“I bought that phone only a week ago, and I’ve reloaded it just this afternoon” said the hapless girl. “I’m sure he’ll return it.”

Then a cab parked in front of the shop. The driver stepped down with the phone in his hand. The girl jumped with joy. From a distance I saw her hand in something to the cabbie, which he initially refused. She forced it though and the driver accepted it with a smile.

When she went inside the coffee shop, she was ecstatic. But then, she worried if the P100 she gave to the driver was enough a reward. She narrated how the driver heard the phone ringing but did not answer it because he didn’t know how to operate the thing. He happened to be nearby without a passenger so he did not hesitate in making a u-turn to return the phone.

I am a witness to the event. There certainly are honest people in our country today. And we just have to continue in believing despite the fact that we’re somewhere on top of the list of most corrupt nations. Thank God for honest Filipinos!

16 comments:

kyels said...

At least the cab driver was honest to return the phone to the lady. In Malaysia, we consider it gone and oftentimes it's hard to find honest people. Sad, diba?

lazarus said...

you're right kyels. it's hard to find honest people these days.

Swipe said...

now, if only that driver can become the president. maybe he can lead by example. Unless it holds true that absolute power corrupts absolutely.

Abaniko said...

Ano ba ang model ng phone nya? Di naman siguro Nokia 5510? Joke. Imagine if he knows how to use the phone, baka di na maisoli. Talagang negative pa rin ang comment, ha? Hehe.

Lazarus said...

swipe, if only politicians are as honest as him.

abaniko, 6210 ang phone model. paano na lang kung matuto na syang gumamit ng phone? ha ha. some politicians started as well-meaning public servants. pero natuto din sa huli. Ano ba yan? haha

But I look at the brighter side: We still have plenty honest men and women.

aryo said...

How I wish siya yung driver nung taxi sa Taipei! Nasa akin pa sana ngayon ang Blackberry ko. And I thought the Taiwanese were more honest. Well..

pauL said...

wah! i can totally relate sa story. naiwan ko din sa tricycle yung wallet ko then andun pa naman yung allowance ko for the whole week. my classmates were saying na wala ng pagasa na makuha but God is so good... ayun nabalik sya sa akin. (^_^)

vernaloo said...

lol @ Abaniko...ano ba! kung talagang dishonest sha kahit di pa sha marunong mag operate puwede nyang ibenta yun or ibigay sa anak or asawa nya...so in short talagang honest sha =)

naks! positive outlook hehe

tina said...

wow. nice story. kindness/honesty still lives in the heart of pinoys! hehe ;p

Leah said...

There are still lots of good people in this world. Thank God for them.


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Lazarus said...

aryo, oo nga no! na blog mo pala yung nawalang blackberry mo.

paul, marami pa talagang ganyang situations. we just hope that their tribe will increase.

verns, honest talaga sya. period.

Lazarus said...

tina/leah, thank God there are still honest pinoys!

Rudy said...

Your friend was indeed lucky. Had it happened here in Manila, chances are that phone's a goner and will probably end up being sold in Greenhills...

-snglguy-

zherwin said...

yes, marami pa ring honest na pinoy, mas nabibigyan lang ng coverage yung mga di honest kaya ang general impression, wala na.

Annamanila said...

My phone has been nearly lost many times. I usually leave it some place in the mall. I get it back. I never lost a phone yet. (knock on wood) Marami pa ding honest sa mga pinoy folks. Minsan ... napipilitan dala ng pangangailangan. :(

Francesca said...

Oist, gusto ko makilala si driver.

bihira nga ang ganun ngayun!