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what would you do if..?

what would you do if you were me..?

i was riding the jeep on the way home, this afternoon.. two college girls were seated in front of me.. they were both looking on the road ahead. it just so happened that their red ID laces caught my attention for a while there.. nothing extraordinary..after a minute, a short dark guy with greasy curly hair, entered the jeep and sat beside one of the girls. something was off. there was more space in front but chose to fit himself beside the girl. he had red eyes that kept scanning the other passengers and their belongings. the eyes really scared me. he was wearing an old black shirt, a white handkerchief was tied on his wrist and he had a big , flat, empty-looking brown backpack in front of him. i knew right away..i told myself, that he's up to no good. the action started right after he paid the fare.. he then placed his backpack in front of him, grabbed the handlebar on top of his head with his right hand and hid his left arm behind the backpack.. that's an old style dude!! it was my 3rd time to catch a slasher/pickpocket doing the deed. but it still scared the hell out of me. what if he suddenly declared a hold-up? im telling you.. i was palpitating the whole time! i was looking at the girl and she was unaware of what's happening.. this guy is robbing her and i didn't know what to do. i tried to look around but it was just me and that bastard who knew.. i couldn't bear letting that poor girl become a victim of that crime. i can't stay there and do nothing! what would you do if you were in the same situation??

A. keep silent and pray that your imagination is just fooling you-pretend(?)nothing's happening??

B. you know it's happening but what the heck? as long as it isnt you, why should you bother? at least you're not the victim. that's the girl's problem since she doesnt take good care of her things.

C. try to catch the girl's attention and send her a sign that her bag is being slashed and she might lose her phone, wallet and other valuables

D. call the driver or the attention of other passengers (a guy perhaps) and ask for his/their help

i tried C. i tried to reach and kick the girl's foot but the slasher intercepted and blocked my foot.. really SCARY!! i also tried to make noise but noone noticed. ans so i did letter D. i really can't let evil happen. i always have a choice, right?? can you call that foolishness??? i woke the guy beside me and whispered to him,
"i think that guy slashed the girl's bag and he's trying to steal from her". after hearing what i said, he gave the pickpocket the "stare", the scary look. the exact same moment, the girl called the driver, told him she's getting off the jeep. she stood up and we all saw the new hole in her bag..her wallet peeking.. the pickpocket tried to talk to us and mumbled some words that we didn't understand. after a few seconds, he got off.. i think it was much better if he was caught. he must be stopped. people like him should never be wandering the streets. they deserve to be jailed. they call that a living?? how ironic! they are parasites of society.

oh well.. at least no one got hurt today.. luckily, the girl left her phone at home according to her friend..

Lesson: jeepneys and buses are not safe places to fall asleep in. it's always best to be vigilant and take good care of your belongings when commuting. but don't be paranoid, ok? :)

"Nokia N-45"

funny, i saved this photo the other day. i received this as an email from my classmate clara. N45 is a combination of a nokia phone and a .45 calibre pistol. since there are a lot of robbers and criminals in the streets, this phone would greatly benefit the people and other potential victims of the said crimes. btw, the phone is just for fun, ok? hehe..

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  1. tagabukid  

    September 16, 2008 at 5:10 PM

    same thing happened when i was still in college. sakay ako galing philcoa going to taft (or was it mabini). the guy boarded the jeep after welcome. maulan. naka-jacket and me hawak na brown envelope na naka plastic. napansin ko na mejo resless ang mata ng mama. then in there was the stainless blade of the cutter (partly covered by the brown envelope) ripping off the bag of the unsuspecting lady victim.

    gaya mo feeling ko ako si batman na duty-bound to save gotham city. i started nudging the foot of the lady hoping she would look my way para ma-sensyasan ko sa nangyayari. and she did. but only to call me bastos! sabay tagilid pa giving away her bag to the slasher.

    soon right after bumaba na ang mama sa overpass ng uste, saka ko sibi sa ale to check her bag. 'bakit?' daw nagsusungit pa dahil intact nga naman ang sa harapan. sabi ko sa gilid at now showing na ang laman. ayun sabay ngawa ng malakas, "ang sweldo ko..."

    moral lesson sa mga ladies, bago pag-isipan ng malaswa o masama ang lalakeng umuuntog ng paa nyo magpasimple munang mangtanong. baka imbes na simpatya makuha nyo e babalikan din kayo ng "buti nga sayo" hehe...

    si zaida ka ba? pulis pang kalawakan? :D

  2. Anonymous  

    September 17, 2008 at 1:39 AM

    hmm.. if me.. i would make a commotion out of it. and draw everybody's attention, and i think that guy would get hit by everybody in the jeep... well, tat's what would happen in malaysia if something like that happen in front of other people... i guess. it is better if you have people around you.. if it is just u and the robbers.. then it would be totally different.

  3. my-so-called-Quest  

    September 17, 2008 at 7:06 PM

    oh my!
    i'll do choices C and D too.
    risky but at least you'll do something.


    September 18, 2008 at 4:10 PM

    I'll make a scene... pretend I saw Osama and scream: "Idol! "

  5. neolle  

    September 20, 2008 at 5:32 PM

    that is a cool looking phone. ;)

  6. reyapot  

    September 20, 2008 at 8:39 PM

    ang tapang mo :-)
    I am not sure what will I do if i am in that situation ...baka din C..

  7. jaiskizzy  

    September 21, 2008 at 2:41 PM

    you should have kicked him in the face.

  8. Ade  

    September 23, 2008 at 2:20 PM

    Geez, that's scary. Never seen a slashing happen, but I've seen one dude steel a poor woman's cellphone.

  9. philos  

    September 28, 2008 at 1:33 AM

    I can imagine how you must've felt.. I've never been in a situation like this before, and I really can't presume to know how I'd react. I hope I have the nerve to kick the guy in the knee. I bet he's a coward else he'd be a hold-upper.

  10. Camille  

    September 28, 2008 at 9:46 AM

    i think he is. he's not that tall. maybe that's why i got the courage to intervene in the 1st place.. but he's high. who knows what he could do. i was more afraid for the girl bec the guy was holding a blade

  11. Spife  

    September 29, 2008 at 3:52 PM

    freaky! kung ako yun papara ako tapos sasabihin ko sa babae bago ako lumabas, "bag mo tignan mo". Duwag ako eh hehe

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