Everybody knows that Filipinos are a happy bunch. Most foreigners you ask will tell you that they found joy in meeting Filipinos and the way they give out happiness to people they meet.
Unfortunately, not this guy. This foreigner named Kengo M on Facebook got on the bad side of Manila and was unlucky to get scammed by rude people.
This guy was able to catch the scammers on a discreet video while he was detained and was being asked for $3000 Canadian for a meal. Apart from that, according to the guy, they were able to get $1000 from him by force.
It started at the airport
According to Kengo, it all started at the airport. He asked the personnel for a metered taxi because he wanted to know how much he would be paying, but he was told that all metered taxis were outside the city so he was instructed to ride a taxi where he was charged P2000 for a 15-minute ride.
When he transferred to another taxi, which was a metered one this time, he asked about his last ride and then that’s when he found out that P2000 was too much.
The bad luck continues
On Saturday night, he rode another taxi and asked the driver to take him somewhere nice. He regretted it after that because he realized that they were all connected just to scam foreigners.
He shared the review page of the club he was brought to while saying how he regretted not Googling the place before entering.
Caught on cam
In his video, Kengo was successful in capturing the face of the scammer. He was being asked for $3000 Canadian for a drink and some food.
He knew that the scamming game was on when they notice that you are a tourist. He even shared on Facebook that they took his passport from him and was able to forcibly take $1000 from his credit card.
Watch his video here:
As of this writing, there is still no update as the scamming happened on a weekend. The embassies that his friends advised him to go to are closed, so he said he will complain on Monday.
To Kengo, we are sorry you went through that. We are waiting for an update.
An update about this story has been posted where the management of the KTV bar in question aired their side.
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Kiray Slams Airline for Lost Luggage, Complains After Airline Only Offers Php3k Per Lost Day
Everyone knows how difficult and extra expensive it can be if you lose your luggage in a trip, especially if all your clothes and things are inside that piece of luggage but you can just imagine how frustrating that can be for an artist like Kiray Celis whose luggage was misplaced by the airline. Ouch.
The infuriated 22-year-old actress and model took to social media to express her anger at the airline over the incident, especially because the luggage contained the clothes she needed for work. Double ouch.
In several posts on Twitter, Kiray slammed the airline for leaving their luggage in Manila, something that was not just inconvenient but also expensive on her part because they had to buy a lot of stuff, including new clothes they had to wear for work.
She narrated that her flight from Manila to Davao was at 3:40 AM but though they paid extra to check in two bags, only one bag made it to Davao. Somehow, the airline lost the other bag and could not locate where it is.
They were told that the luggage might have been left in Manila or could be on its way to Davao in another flight but by 1PM that day, the bag was still lost somewhere.
While the airline was sympathetic over Kiray’s plight and offered to pay Php3,000 per 24 hours that the luggage remains lost, she thinks this was not enough for the hassle that she and her companions had to go through. Kiray added that one blouse she needed for work and was left inside that bag even costs more than Php3,000; thus, the airline’s offer is too small for the lost bag.
Moreover, because that bag contained her clothes and toiletries, they had to buy these items in Davao when they arrived or else she had nothing to use. That’s more hassle and more expenses on her part.
As of press time, Kiray still hasn’t received her luggage from the airline. We’re unsure whether she will be compensated for the extra expenses she had to shell out, including the clothes she had to buy for work, but the airline is sure to do everything in its power to solve this issue ASAP.
Family’s Exclusive Vacation to Calaguas, Ruined by Travel Agency
It’s summer! Almost everyone is on a vacation somewhere or already planning on going to some place as a family or perhaps with friends.
These days, people can find lots of travel agencies offering group tours and packages. There are even tours available for ‘joiners’ so you don’t have to shell out a lot of money for the trip, even if you are alone because your friends or family members are not available or not willing to go on a vacation.
One family booked an ‘exclusive’ 2D1N package tour for 12 people to Calaguas in Camarines Norte, Philippines for March 29-30, 2018 but what was supposed to be a fun-filled trip turned into a nightmare because of problems with the travel agency, Travel Galore.
According to Paulyne Erica David, they paid more than Php25,000 for the exclusive trip, even paying an additional fee so they will be provided with an extra tent as the package only included 3 tents; thus, they were entitled to one van to themselves and 4 tents.
But things didn’t go as planned right from the start. They were supposed to be picked up at 10PM at SM North EDSA but the driver arrived at midnight, making them late for 2 hours in starting off. What’s worse was that instead of having exclusive use of the van as they paid extra for the exclusive trip, they had to share it with the driver’s two female companions/family.
Moreover, the driver’s female companion sat at the front seat and reclined her chair the entire trip so she could sleep, taking away what leg room was left to the passenger sitting at the back. Then, there were several unscheduled stops along the way, further lengthening the delay time to over 3 hours.
Adding the traffic jams due to the massive exodus out of Manila for the Holy Week break, the supposedly 8-hour trip turned into a 19-hour one. By the time they reached the Paracale Port, it was 5PM – and the coast guard refused to let them ride the boat because the last trip to Calaguas is at 4PM.
It was getting dark; they didn’t insist on riding the boat but they didn’t have a place to spend the night because they were supposed to be at the island. The driver finally took them to a nearby beach called Pulang Daga and gave them two tents instead of the four they paid for. What irked them is that the driver’s companions had one tent to themselves while the family of 12 had to share the two tents.
Paulyne claimed that the food they got was spoiled, too.
They were finally able to ride a boat to Calaguas the following morning. They asked the driver if they could leave their things in the van; he agreed. Thus, they left some bags, milk formula, a power bank, and some food containers.
While they did have fun at Calaguas, it was only for 6 hours – not the 2 days and 1 night they paid for. They also feared for their lives in the overloaded trip back to the mainland and were shocked to learn that they will have to use another van for home because their driver chose to remain at the island to be with his family.
Aside from not being able to retrieve their things from the first van, they had to wait some hours again for the second van to take them home. According to Paulyne, they also had a hard time talking to the travel agency as their calls keep getting canceled.
They paid Php25,000+ for the trip but ended up receiving the worst service they could imagine.
AirAsia Staff Kisses Luggage, Gets Mixed Reactions from Surprised Netizens
Whether they admit it or not, rough baggage handling is a fairly common occurrence among airlines mostly because they are tasked to handle so many luggage in just a short period of time to get things ready for the flight.
Of course, some airlines have more efficient ways to handle luggage without damaging these but many have come under fire for this rather common issue.
AirAsia founder Tan Sri Tony Fernandes told his staff that he is constantly receiving feedback about damaged bags every single day that he’s decided to do something about it.
“Please look after the bags better. Every day I got someone e-mailing me about the bags. Don’t throw the bags anymore, kiss the bags,” Fernandes told the staff.
While this just might be a metaphor, some staff took the directive too literally and posted photos of themselves kissing the luggage they are handling!
“Dear bag, it doesn’t matter how heavy you are, we will handle you with care and kiss you. Love you, bag. All of us apologise for our mistakes before. Please stay tuned with AirAsia,” one post read. Fernandes would later praise his staff for complying with his directive.
But do you think this is rather weird?
Well, a lot of netizens were unsure what to feel about this rather ‘loving’ way luggage is now being treated in AirAsia flights.
Many felt disgusted to have these strangers creepily kissing their luggage like a lover but others pointed out that these workers might be having fun with the airline founder’s directive but should remember that these passengers’ luggage had gone to various places, put in dirty spots, and not as clean as they might look. Yuck!
Of course, this might also be something that the airline is doing to divert media attention after getting caught in controversy over recent mishandling of baggage wherein, according to World of Buzz, a passenger had recorded airline staff throwing around luggage marked with “Fragile”, including an expensive bike that later became damaged. Ooops.
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