Today was a shocking day.
When I arrived at the office, a client was waiting for me. She was about forty years old and she looked decent and professional. She was there to ask me to prepare an undertaking for her. What was the undertaking for? I asked her. She replied it was for the police station. Since I cannot make an undertaking without the complete facts, I interviewed her.
It turned out she ‘accidentally’ placed a blouse and a handkerchief in her bag while she was shopping at our local mall and that she forgot to pay for it. Upon exiting, she was apprehended by the security guard and immediately brought to the police station. She stayed there for a night.
The management of the local mall is willing to let her case go provided she pay them a penalty of five times the value of the goods she shoplifted and an undertaking that she will not commit the same offense again.
I prepared the undertaking and asked her for a competent evidence of identity as required by the notarial law. She said her identification card is only her GSIS e-card. The minute she said it, my ears shot up. A government employee shoplifted????
She handed me her e-card and then explained that her office identification card was withheld by the police. Just for curiosity, I pushed on and asked her
from what office she was. Her answer made me deaf.
It was Department of Education. She was a teacher.
What the hell???!!!!