Yesterday I was surprised to receive a message from one of our helpers who went AWOL after the Holidays.
…on my two Facebook accounts.
Randy also showed me that that same person went on a Like-ing rampage of his photos. Take note that we are not friends on Facebook, thus she was able to Like only those that are publicly shared (most of my photos and statuses are for my friends only).
I mentioned this to our new helper and to Dodong. They said that she is probably “nagpaparamdam”, and that if I return her message, she’d ask to have her job back.
So I ignored her message all the more.
I’m not keen on giving her a second chance. As far as I know, I showed her kindness and compassion when she was working for us. The last thing I heard from her the last time I saw her was how touched she was that we bought her their pang-media noche. Then she went AWOL, posting her goodbye on her Facebook status.
I won’t let her make a fool of me again.
I used to believe in giving a person a second chance. Like last year, Randy scolded our houseboy Jake about something. Since it was his first time to get scolded, nagtampo nang matindi. Then Jake said he will be leaving (in fairness, nagpaalam). But after a few months, Jake has been messaging Yaya Isay and Dodong. Kesho he misses our household, he misses the dogs, etc., and he regrets being overly sensitive. Then later, Jake really told Yaya Isay he wanted to return, and can Yaya Isay ask Sir Randy whether he can still return. We wanted Jake back because he’s very diligent. But Randy said that Jake should be the one to talk to him. One Sunday Jake came but we were out. So he just returned to his current work. Since Jake made an effort to hopefully talk to Randy, Randy said he’ll accept Jake if Jake comes back. But we won’t shoulder his fare from Manila anymore.
When Jake arrived, he was very thin. He also told us that on the way back to Los Banos, he was victimized by budul-budol. His mobile phone and money were all gone. He intended to walk from Robinson’s Place to Los Banos (‘yun nga raw 2 bata sa Maalaala Mo Kaya naglakad hanggang Catbalogan, Samar, e siya LOs Banos lang naman. Haha!)–that’s how decided he was to return! Good thing that some kind-hearted people gave him some money when they saw him walking on the Skyway at noon (he was given just enough money to buy bread and ride a bus to Calamba); and in Calamba Crossing at 1 a.m. (he was again given enough money to buy bread and ride a jeepney to Los Banos Crossing). He probably arrived at our gate between 2-3 a.m., and he slept outside our gate. Dodong saw him at around 4 a.m., and brought him inside for him to eat and lie down on a comfortable bed.
We thought that with what he has been through and our welcoming him with open arms are enough for him to be grateful. But lo and behold: barely 2 months after his return, the unthinkable happened. After receiving his wages, he told Randy he will just pasyal and shop, and he’ll be back before sunset and before our secretary, Ivy, heads home. So Randy went to Sta. Rosa because it was Raviv’s field trip the following day. But at past 6 p.m., Ivy reported that Jake still has not arrived. Randy tried calling Jake’s mobile, but all Randy heard from the other end was, “The number you’re calling is currently not available. Please try your call later.” #AlamNa
We were in utter disbelief at how he could have done that to us. He was not scolded, and his load was lighter than before because we mostly stayed in Sta. Rosa. He basically had no “amo” breathing down his neck or even watching his every move for most of the time. And he was not even scolded. It was so unthinkable. Randy had no choice but to return to Los Banos. He was not able to join Raviv’s field trip, and poor Raviv had no dedicated grown-up to watch him during his field trip, as I was the mother hen to all of the Gymboree Sta. Rosa delegation.
And that, ladies and gentlemen, is the reason why I no longer believe in second chances.
On a lighter note, here is Melanie Marquez’s alleged take on the “Fool me once….” quote:
You can fool me once, you can fool me twice, you can fool me thrice. But you can never fool me FOUR!