Wednesday, September 17, 2008

In Quiapo, Child Vendors are considered more dangerous than thieves and robbers!




I was walking along in Plaza Miranda, Quiapo yesterday when I spotted this sign board which warns pedestrians against snatchers, thieves, and holduppers. But the sign mentioned that people should be more careful of child vendors selling plastic bags. I find it revolting that the Manila police detachment in the area found that this street child is more dangerous than all the other criminals in the area! Duh?

I bought one plastic bag from this boy and found him to be nice and very accommodating. He is obviously very poor, so I gave him a little extra. I am a frequent Quiapo pedestrian and I have always bought plastic bags from these child vendors, never having any problem with them.

It is a very irresponsible sign. My mind cannot fathom why poor little kids could be more dangerous than the hardened adult criminals in the city. I went to the nearby police detachment for some explanation. I cannot let this pass without doing something. The police told me that they received some complaints that street children selling plastic bags have been stealing change money from their customers. Well, that's possible if the customers are idiots who didn't know how to count their change and to be outwitted by small children.

These little children are poor and no longer go to school. They work hard to help their families. We should pity them rather than suspect them to be criminals. Yet some people are real idiots. And when they lose some money, they even suspect little children of stealing it. Real idiots.

9 comments:

Mari said...

I agree with you. It's up to the customer to check his/her change before leaving. These children do not pose any danger at all, if it's a matter of short changing customers. Yeah, some people are really dumb.

tutubi said...

stupid it is. btw, manila just passed an ordinance banning child labor. i onder if they're going to implement that

Bobby said...

Hindi problema ang mga bata, at problema'y ang paningin ng matatanda.

Gina said...

They are supposed to be the future and the hope of the motherland.

What's the government and powers-that-be doing to help the children?

This is sad.

atomicvelvetsigh said...

so they find that a valid reason?! what the..

and i thought it was just a grammar error or mis-translation.. you know how signboards can be misleading sometimes.. like the "ped-xing" and the pink boards "bawal tumawid nakakamatay"..

now im thinking maybe the criminals are giving "tong" and the children are not? tsk..

dodong flores said...

It's a pity innocent kid vendors are typecast that way. I met a lot of them (kid vendors), in general medyo hindi maganda ang asal but you can't totally blame them as probably they didn't have elders to guide them. They are growing in the streets fending for themselves.

There should be programs to alleviate these "child laborers" instead of putting them of the list that includes hardened criminals...

Vk-mahalkaayo said...

tama....correct ka.

kawawa naman, tumulong pa sa mga magulang, and for daily needs,
nagtitinda lang ng supot.....

why not the big and giant walking around there.

anybody or customers .....are the idiots...kung kulang change nila, kasalanan nila....tanga sila.....

sorry my comments........

Dennis Villegas said...

hehehehe...we have the same thinking ma'am Vicki :)

Anonymous said...

I suggest we ask the police why they posted that. instead of making judgements, there might be a good reason why.