Looks, as they say, can be deceiving. So you really have to be extra careful these days if you don’t want to be the next victim of some unscrupulous individuals out there.
Case in point, Facebook netizen Bhel Gacosta of Healthy Cravings in Robinsons Place Santiago was fooled by a beautiful young woman who ran away with Php 12,000 from their restaurant. In a lengthy post on Facebook, Bhel shared the bad incident which happened last November 25, 2016.
According to her account, she and her workmates were busy at work when the girl entered the establishment. The girl pretended to be the daughter of the owner of Red Ribbon – a nearby restaurant.
In her own words, this is how Bhel described what happened:
“Then pag pasok nya inintertain ko sya,nag good afternun ako saknya den binigyan ko siya ng menu ang alm ko kakain xa pero ndi pala,sabi sken ai “ai ate gusto nyo po bng magpapalit nga 100’s,at 50’s madme po kc naipapalit c daddy jan lang po ako sa RED RIBBON anak po ako nung may ari” then ako nmn chineck ko ung cash drawer nmin un nga nagkataon wala kming bills cge kako nman,papalit ako 2k na 100’s at 2k na 50’s din sabi ate anu pong best seller ninyo sa food sbi ko nmn ung tuna steak,cge ate order po ako ng dlwa tag isa kmi n daddy sbi,tpos lumabas na nmn xa bumalik sa red ribbon,tpos bumalik n nmn dto smin sbi ate pa order ulit ako nung juice,tpos eto n nga biniro nmin na ai dba maam anak po kau nung may ari ng RED RIBBON bka my free taste po kau!sabay tawa po kmi,tpos ang sagot cge ate saglit lng sbhin ko ky daddy sbi un nga lumabas xa,tpos pgbalik dto sa store my dala dala na xng cake.at nkabox pa…d kmi mgtataka na gnun ung binigay kc ang sabi tlga nya anak xa nung my ari ng red ribbon,tpos un nga pumnt
a na ko sa my counter tpos kinausap n nmn ako sabi nya ate my buo ba kaung tag 1thousand kelangan kc daddy papalitan nlng nmin ng tag 500,tpos ang sabi ko saglit lng ttgnan ko f meron,un nga meron tpos sbi sken akin na pala ung bill nmin sa order nmin ate at hihingin ko ky daddy tpos ung pera na din ate na ipapalit,tpos un nga dko na nmalayan na inabot kuna pla sa knya yung pera worth 12k,after a minute bgla akong kinabahan at nagworry kc sbi sa red ribbon lng nmn d pinuntahan ko,nagtanung ako dun,hinanap ko ung babae na nag order nung food sbi ko sa crew na nkausap ko ate pkisbi nmn sa anak nung boss nyo na ok na ung food nila,un ngtanungan cla ee wala nmn dw ung boss nila dun at ung boss nila lalake dw ung anak,sbrang kinakabahan na ako,diko na alm kung anung gagawin ko umiiyak nalang ako at nanginginig buong katawan ko sa takot,sa isng idlap lng nawala ung 12,000 at ang masakit pa dto ma icharge saken yung buong 12,000 na dko nmn nagamit o anu.”
Bhel also uploaded a CCTV footage of the ‘budol budol’ incident, along with some photos of the culprit. She hopes this will lead to the crook’s arrest and that others would be warned about her modus operandi.
You can watch the video here:
What Is ‘Budol Budol’?
In an ABS-CBN article, we are told that the ‘budol budol’ modus operandi is both “simple and sophisticated: the robber gets the trust of his victim – often a stranger – so the victim freely gives him what he wants.”
The site further explained “How easy a ”budol” robber takes his prize from his victim is what makes the modus look simple. But the part of getting a stranger’s trust, especially in such a short period of time, is what makes it sophisticated.”
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