But what I have found is that there is a wide gap between people who are genuinely in need of your assistance who deserve it..
and the people who live life in a constant state of desperation who will con you any way they can to get money to flow from your pocket to theirs.
They are that predisposed to seizing an opportunity when it comes up. losing some valuables on an ongoing basis will help you see it a little clearer. Another guy, owned a piece of property and hired a guy to be caretaker for it. Just a “you can afford it” attitude with no pang of guilt crossing his mind or heart. According to the caretaker he hired, pigs kept ‘disappearing or dying’. they see a chance to take something and they take it.
I know one guy who over the years has gone through at least six maids. In reality, he found out the caretaker was selling them off whenever he felt like having some extra cash.. They might be a contractor, a gardener, a maid, caretaker or family member. Because this is by far the most likely thing you will run into as a foreigner here.
I’d been there plenty of times with buddies and wasn’t going to take my boys there after dark. I’ve seen it in Mexico and I’ve seen it here in the Philippines.
But a short tour for the afternoon as we got some lunch was a real eye-opener for them at what the ‘real world’ can become. Consider the following statistics taken from a study done ten years ago..
But they are out there and you will eventually meet them at a freeway offramp, street-corner, workplace or even knocking at your front door someday. And they are in every country, every community no matter how rich or how poor or how in-between.. Just like sharks can smell blood in the water these con artists see you coming from a block away, make no mistake about it. the guy who does island hopping just happens to be in the mall and joins me at the table to finalize the deal.
Times are tough for them but they don’t let hard times compromise their spiritual values for the most part as a society.) who simply are not to be trusted. Whether you ever plan to come to the Philippines or not, these shady characters exist in your home town as well. The difference is that with a larger middle-class you may not cross paths with them quite so often. But no matter what the country, it’s the same old con game. You stick out like a hillbilly at a wine tasting function.
What I’d like to cover here is a much wider look at this topic.
It’s something I’ve experienced on a much more frequent level here in the Philippines. Even in your own home town..” It’s not that I don’t believe in doing good deeds, I do.
I know a woman who has had her pursed dipped into so many times..
even in her own home, from unscrupulous relatives and visitors it is unbelievable. There is a pervasive mentality among the poor that if they perceive you as ‘rich’..it’s okay to steal from you because, ““.
After witnessing a bum-fight, my middle-son asked, “Here it is almost 20 years later and nothing has changed. The Philippines has a lot of wonderful things to offer, especially if you have the money to enjoy them.