May 23, 2024

9 thoughts on “Calbayog Proper with Lita Plus – Finale

  1. Isn’t that just the pits? The PH stores must have specially gone through an great pains to get an “efficiency expert” that make cashing out such an excruciating experience. If they can make it more complicated I think they’d be patting themselves to death. And I say that as a full-blooded Pinay, just so no one can say I’m an outsider mouthing off. The silver lining must be that they pay at least 3 more people to do one cashier’s job.

    Another thing that irks me is the way they round off the cents to their benefit WITHOUT letting you know before they do it, or giving you candy in lieu of five/ten/etc. centavos change. This experience is mostly in the Cebu stores; I don’t know if they still do that or if other places do the same. I must pay attention when I’m in Tacloban. Once I stood pat until they gave me the correct dime complete with the the cashier’s eye-rolling. Others are probably too embarrassed to make a scene or be thought of as cheap.

    What I couldn’t decide was whether it’s store policy or a system the workers have, to augment their salaries. If it’s the latter, I don’ mind much but if it goes to the store, the nickel [cinco/lima], dime [diez/napulo] or quarter [biente cinco] from each customer adds up. I don’t begrudge the poorly-paid store clerks getting “tips” to tide them over for their jeepney fare home, etc. – it’s the way it’s done that insulting. It’s one thing for you to tell them to keep the change; another for them to just short-change you. To save me the aggravation, I use a credit card if the option exists or if the transaction is worth the paper it’s printed on.

    OK, I feel better now. 🙂

    1. Hey Winda. I don’t know why they seem to take so long to do something so simple. I suppose it’s been like that for so long that no one actually notices it until you go to someplace that is efficient. Maybe it’s not so bad that everyone is not always in a hurry though.
      I always looked when they gave me change, but I stopped because it seems that it has been working both ways for me. There are times when they owe me the .25 and they round it up to the next peso. But you’re right about the not complaining part. If they round down instead of up, I’m not going to bother saying anything. It would be better if it was for the cashiers, not the store, but 25 centavos is less than 2/3 of a penny, so I’m not going to let it affect me one way or the other.

  2. Hey John, look at the bright side in all this. The kids can now rightfully call you “Bigfoot Joe” 😉 Sounds like I won’t have much of a problem with size 10’s huh? 🙂

    1. That’s the bright side? Let’s not let that nickname get out, I’m having a hard enough time not just being called “Hey” and “Hey Joe”, no sense in confusing them more.
      No, if you wear a size 10 you shouldn’t have a problem getting shoes here. I can’t promise they will all fit, but they claim to be a size 10 US. That would be sizes 7.5 UK – 42 Europe & China (most of the shoes here are sold by this size) – 26 (Japan) – 8.5 (Australia) – 7 (Mexico).

    1. You could be right. I’ll have to double check on that. I was just frustrated at the time that I didn’t know the street it was on and had to pay for such a short trike ride.
      Thanks for reading and commenting Edwin. It’s comments like this that help me out and maybe I can learn some things around here.

  3. ff topic UJ, Tomorrow is finally the Day, The next time i will be able to read your blog i will officially be an expat. :)O

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