You forgot my Change, Stupid DRIVER :-(

Philippines
July 4, 2011 1:45am CST
Oh, Hell yeah I can see that or simply you're trying to make a fool out of me I was a bit upset but almost Mad when the driver said i didn't pay my fair! Today, I went to the Meralco Electric Offices near our place because it's the only area where we pay the electric bill. my mom doesn't trust their payment centers, so i had to do directly to their inspection office. AS I have taken a Ride from a Public Utility Vehicle (Jeepney). As usual, pay my fare, then another paid theirs. But the driver didn't give me change, i thought he's out of coins. before that he had this other Jeepney that he needed to overrun, he did. but some how he completely forgot about my change after he gave change to the mother-daughter, i started asking about mine. he claims i didn't pay for it, I started relating my story in a VERY HIGH TONE. He had no choice but to give me change! I paid that slime! He shouldn't be preoccupied when taking fares! After paying Meralco Bill, I decided to walk home instead.. That's the dilemna; next time I'll pay in coins..
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21 responses
@Bannybanzie (1398)
• Philippines
5 Jul 11
Haha.. well that happened to me a lot of times. I was in a bus and there is this conductor. Every time I ride in the bus where he is, he is doing that. At one time he told me, (I had a change of only 8 pesos) "Come ride tomorrow and I'll give you your change". I was like, what???? What do you think of me??? Would wait for you??? (no.. I was just in my little head) So I was not able to get my change. A few days later I saw him again. I looked at him really bad. Like I'm going to eat him alive.. LOL... And he did not make me pay. He moved really far away from me, never get close and so I was not able to pay. Next time the same guy I had change of 465 pesos. Guess what? A few meters away from where I'm taking off he still did not give me my change. I had to call him. I was in the very front of the bus, many passengers standing, he was in the back. I hate making scenes, but it seems like they would not give it unless you ask for it. i think it's their way to make more money (little more money). Like they say, "Sorry, you forget it. Your fault". Hahaha.. they're crazy
• Philippines
5 Jul 11
Hello Banny, I would literally punch him if he does that to me, i think he was literally trying to avoid you and probably you shouldn't bother giving the conductor. They don't have the right to trick passengers otherwise, such word will spread and they won't ride on the same bus with that conductor. please do avoid giving large sum of money to people i believe we can't trust, specially in the transport system/.
• Philippines
5 Jul 11
Well, the truth is he was trying to catch my attention. I have taken a ride with this guy almost six months before this encounters and he tried to take my number. He is a boastful overconfident guy. He sat by my side and then handed me his phone and told me to type my number.. Hell.. He is crazy. Well, that's what he does to woman passengers. He tries to play with them and makes it a prize for him. That's his trick of "impressing" girls (and I don't know how are they impressed with such attitude). haha.. unfortunately for him, I'm not cheap.. Duh.. LOL
• Philippines
6 Jul 11
Bring some one and make him look like you're boyfriend, let's see what happens
@louievill (16608)
• Philippines
4 Jul 11
When I was a student, I rode public transport a lot especially when I was in college, yes I found some of them to be really rude, ignorant and ill mannered (but not all, there are also good drivers trying to earn a decent living for their families), you see these were long and difficult trips those days compared to today's standards, commuting las pinas to manila and back daily so I encountered a lot of these...., I promised myself that when I grow up, I will buy my own car and probably have my own driver so I will never have to deal with these people again, that's exactly what I did, the problem now is when you encounter some of them on the road, wonder where they learned how to drive
• Philippines
4 Jul 11
Hello Louievill, I think that's another problem that you have to deal with, my brother has less tolerance with drivers who don't follow rules. he would actually buzz them until they are completely left the place. HE NEVER GIVES WAY most specially to people who wants to BUTT in. we just have to give way when were not in a hurry, that is different in my brother's case
@louievill (16608)
• Philippines
4 Jul 11
I get your point my friend, but if he can forget little things that is essential to his job like giving you your change, wonder how he can remember a whole set of traffic rules and road courtesy haha, don't you think it is someway related? He forgot because he was somewhat into overtaking or something and hope he was not over speeding with all you guys inside, perhaps he was day dreaming that he is some kind of famous race car driver, anyway some drivers have somebody beside them who gives the change so they can concentrate on the driving, usually the wife, good luck my friend, yeah you are right to give the exact amount next time.
• Philippines
4 Jul 11
More like he was upset while overrunning that other jeep. fine, but why forget my changeam used to race car like PUV ones but never forget the change
@saphrina (31740)
• South Africa
4 Jul 11
small coins - coins
Next time, use these. That will make that driver think twice and he will start learning how to count.
• Philippines
4 Jul 11
Hello sweetie, Yeah, or probably throw it at his face but of course, you're right use that Instead. well, it's not every day that's happened thank god i was able to control my temper
@saphrina (31740)
• South Africa
4 Jul 11
Relax sweetie.
• Philippines
4 Jul 11
@CTHanum (8254)
• Malaysia
5 Jul 11
He should settle yours first. If you did give him first than the other customer,then he should give your change first to avoid you from assumed he just pretending that you did not pay your fare to him. But he made the mistake and he should realize that as a honest driver he should do that to you. It is pretty hard to find an honest driver nowadays~
• Philippines
6 Jul 11
Hello CTH, am not sure how unfairness of Public Utility is done in Malaysia? but in here, those are entirely normal situation and it happens. some Filipinos are too close minded, forgetfull and hard headed that they will dare argue or debate with you. in this case, i won, and that shouldn't have happened if he remembered me paying the fare.
@CTHanum (8254)
• Malaysia
6 Jul 11
I never face such problem before as I am hardly use cab. I prefer public bus than a cab as the taxi fare is higher than the other public transportation. Plus I should aware of my safety too~ Here the complains we got are the fare is expensive and some don't even use the taxi meter and there are also some illegal immigrants who work as taxi driver and give poor service to customers.
@celticeagle (114429)
• Boise, Idaho
5 Jul 11
I think I would pay next time in coins too. Sounds like he was overwelmed and not paying close enough attention to the people who did pay. Out Public Vehicle has a place where you pay the fee in the exact change or a debit type card. This way the driver doesn't have to give change.
• Philippines
6 Jul 11
Hello celtic, am not sure in the US, but of course, you never sure if the driver has exact change. better be ready than be ready to get frustrated
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@celticeagle (114429)
• Boise, Idaho
6 Jul 11
That must be very frustrating.
@ellebj (784)
• Philippines
5 Jul 11
i think that it their tactic to have more money.. I mean if a taxi driver would drive you into a traffic to have a greater fare, then jeepney drivers would probably pretend that he forgot to give you a change or rather, think that you haven't paid..This is not knew.. there are only a few drivers that is really honest about that..
• Philippines
5 Jul 11
Hello elle, They don't have the right to do that in the first place. We are already paying them for their stinking "pwede na" services which i believe is too much. can you imagine 8 to 9 peso increase, i remember it to be like two to five pesos only. eight pesos is definitely huge, am not sure if i would want to go commuting again if it's nine
@ellebj (784)
• Philippines
6 Jul 11
yes they don't have.. that's why sometimes, it feels like, "what the? can you just work honestly and properly?" it is very depressing..
• Philippines
5 Jul 11
It happens to me many times. There are times the driver denies if i did pay or will reason out he already gave my change. There are some drivers like that that is why I need to have coins when riding a PUJ. Drivers do appreciate if they will not give a change. If you pay in higher bills, they tend to have problems with it or will ask the next PUJ if they can give a change. Or sometimes they have many coins to change you back. Remember to always bring coins when riding PUJ.
• Philippines
5 Jul 11
Helo grecy, Some passengers can be annoying too, they don't care if the driver doesn't have change, they let them do the changing of the bills. i just don't understand why some passengers can also be irresponsible on the kind of coins they are supposed. well, there won't be a next time i will bring coins no matter what.have a nice day
• United States
4 Jul 11
Yup they are pretty slick and I suppose he thought you would forget and or he simply was not paying attention. But I suspect that after you raised your voice he figured he could not outsmart you. Sad though because imagine how many others perhaps he has slicked out of their change too.
• Philippines
5 Jul 11
Hello hardworkinggurl, If the Prices of gasoline weren't rising every single month of the year, they won't resolve to that. sometimes their slickness is a desperation to earn more. unfortunately, these drivers are not corporately owned nor trained that's why they have that behavior.luckily i fought for my change
• Philippines
4 Jul 11
Funny this happened to me this today. I went to the mall to pay some bills and have some 'gala' time. When I went home, I paid, the driver a bill and the since there are many passengers, the fare collector almost forgot to give my change if I haven't yelled and another passenger relayed the message. This often happens and sometimes, I get tired of reminding people of their duties. I know that some drivers get little of the profit but that doesn’t mean deliberately scamming their passengers so that they could have little more bucks in their pockets. Passengers like us are also screaming for in every fare hike and everything that makes prices go up. We all work and we don’t undermine their importance but it does mean that some should abuse their position. I often take public transport and I go out of my way to thank the driver for taking me safe in my destination but I also curse in my head when some driver thinks he’s the king of the road just because he has a license to drive.
• Philippines
4 Jul 11
Hello jeanne, The problem is there is no Manual, training programs and even materials for these people. they just pop up out of now where and started their organization, there should be a corporate take over for these Jeepney Organizations.not to mention, the government should introduced more battery like powered vehicles and not just the ones in makati
• Philippines
4 Jul 11
well on behalf of your driver, maybe he has somethings running on his head forgetting your change... at least you should've been more patient in dealing them..
• Philippines
4 Jul 11
Hello syclotron. Are you a commuter? have you even experience not getting your change? because if you didn't you won't understand how patient i was for him to give the change. as i was on the dropping point he still didn't give me the change and dare to argue with me that i didn't pay him, what a complete looser[u][/u] are you sure? you have been a commuter? really? because am really pissed with you're last sentence about being more patient where the guy literally forgot my change and not to mention i was having a very very bad bad day
@knicnax (2234)
• Philippines
4 Jul 11
chill bro! But i get ya. It really is annoying. I guess all of us have their own jeepney stories, on how we were duped by these people. It's sick. There are those who think they can getaway with not giving a 1-peso change. It's annoying. If you pool all the 1-peso, 2-peso, 50-centavo change that they didn't give, it'll probably amount to something big. I always argue for my change. Even if it's just a mere 1-peso. I worked hard for that 1 peso. There are jeeps in my area who wouldn't accept passengers that has a fare range of 8 pesos to 10 pesos. When they reach LRT2 Santolan station, they won't accept passengers who fall under the minimum fare range, even if they have passengers inside who will disembark on the same location as those who're trying to get a jeepney ride in the LRT2 santolan station. Some jeepneys who cut trips, they would put in a sign that they're only up to this mall, which is only 8 pesos from where they're loading. and then when they reach the mall, they'll change their sign board to another (further) location, which only is 8 pesos too. They do this when it's extremely traffic or raining hard. Sometimes FX drivers are worse. They raise the fare based on whim. And it's not like they raise it by one peso or by a few centavos like the jeeps do. They raise it by 5 pesos, by 10 pesos! It's incredulous! I had an experience when a passenger told the fx driver that me and my friend haven't paid our fare yet. The driver went after us and told us that we haven't paid yet. I told the driver that we already did, we paid while the fx was in front of mcdo, and maybe the person who said that we haven't already was the one who didn't pay. Boo! Why are there people who act like this :(
• Philippines
4 Jul 11
Hello knicnax, There are people in our country that really is nothing more of a weasel or a scumbag. sometimes it's really something not to be proud of when people take advantage of the situation. this is sad part of life because of poverty, then tend to take advantage of every one. we lack discipline, we whine and we scoundrel on each other, that's the dark-side of living in this country
@mantis36 (4238)
• Philippines
4 Jul 11
one experience that i also have but totally different to your's is the comparison of 20 Philippine peso paper money compare to the looks of 50 Philippine peso paper money, they looked like the same... be better watch out... if you give 50 they claim it 20, then debate comes next....
• Philippines
4 Jul 11
Hello Mantis, That's why I would never have 50 or twenty to give it to them, it's a lesson that I will remember. my mom kept giving me 100 or 50, I would always complain to have a smaller coins or have it change in the market. some drivers aren't veterans that they tend to forget. I don't he has the right to debate about it because we are the passengers, we pay for that pathetic service.
• Philippines
4 Jul 11
I had the experience when the driver did not give me back my change. It was early in the morning and I was rushing to work, when I opened my wallet i had no coins so I paid the driver 500 peso bill and ask him maybe he could drive to the gasoline station so he could have it changed. He did not stop at the gasoline station and then a lot of passenger started getting in. I asked him for my change and asked me to wait. By the time I was nearing the stop I was suppose to get off i totally forgot about the change because I was thinking of rushing to get to work on time and I had to catch the next train. I sometimes think it's their modus operandi....sometimes they ask you to wait then they try to act as if they forget.
• Philippines
4 Jul 11
Hello Candy Remember to have coins in the morning and never entrust the driver to bring back change from 500php because they will have a hard time bringing it back to you. they would even have to look for places or different drivers of their comrades to have it change. I think you should have never give the jeepney driver a large amount because it's a burden to them.
@maean_19 (4662)
• Philippines
4 Jul 11
Oppppps! Chill out, my dear! Were you mistaken to be like a goon? Kidding aside, yeah, I guess you better prepare an exact fare next time. We have to understand those drivers too, they can be certainly preoccupied. Just keep your cool...
• Philippines
4 Jul 11
Hello Maean, I think the only reason he got preoccupied was because he was trying to overrun another Jeep. From there, after he overrun the jeep when it had stop over a passenger, he some how forgot to give me a change. this is the first time that a person actually accused me of not paying the fare, how pathetic
• Philippines
4 Jul 11
Yeah! I encounter a lot of drivers like that too. They seem to have a habit of not bothering who still got change. Sometimes they try to act too much preoccupied and hopes that you won't bother anymore with your change. Yes, you better always ready yourself with exact fare. Much better than having the hassle and worry long enough before you get your change. But of course I do feel for the drivers also. I witnessed an encounter wherein a passenger is claiming for her change. I got into the jeepney well ahead of her. Being observant as I am, I noticed that she hasn't really paid for her fare at all. A conversation ensued between the driver and the passenger with the driver contesting that she hasn't paid yet. With the unanimous motion of most of the other passengers including me that she hasn't paid yet she still insists of her change! Really shameless! Seeing that she has no way to convince the driver and us she just hurried away not even paying! I really don't know what's happening to our world now with this kind of people!
• Philippines
4 Jul 11
Hello Agent, That didn't happen in my case, when I was going home riding from Zapote, I noticed the driver was really smart that he kept an eye to those who paid and didn't. the passenger was making a lot of excuses and sarcasm paid the driver because he thought he could get away with his so called absent minded. well, poverty is rising and scenario like this can't be helped.
@jaiho2009 (39034)
• Philippines
4 Jul 11
dear LK, I have same experience when going to office one time and just commuted for a change. I gave 50 pesos to the fare collector (not the driver). Then,passengers board and give also same bill (50 pesos) and he give the change right away. So,I was not able to control my temper and said,"why did you give him his change and not given mine when I pay first" He said "ops sorry,I thought I had given you your changed already. This is the one reason I don't like commuting,I am always pissed off with scene like this a lot more
• Philippines
4 Jul 11
Hello Sis Jaiho, Yeah, there are some collectors and drivers that had to be absent minded. but you gotta admire the driver sometimes, i don't think i can handle receiving the pay and give the change at the same time driving. maybe "he" should have some one else handle the receiving of fare. i can tell his tired but that's not a way to not give me the change back.
• Philippines
4 Jul 11
hello LK, Sometimes I don't understand if those kinds of driver are pretenders I mean they keep on complaining about the petroleum keep on rising but that is not a reason to cheat with the passengers Well it happened to me before of course I don't let him win Walking is good Calm yourself now Hugs
• Philippines
4 Jul 11
Hello Bhaby Yeah, not to mention some are deliberately not giving the change as if they have forgotten about it. as for that situation, i didn't sleep, kept an eye for him until he gives a change. he got balls trying to pretend he didn't receive anything. the face is usually give me the curiosity whether they pay or not. i bet they're also colorums
@asliah (11149)
• Philippines
4 Sep 11
hi, this is usually i encounter in a public jeep and even in tricycles,if the change is really big amount of course i need to get it but if the change is one peso only its ok to me,drivers sometimes are stupid juts to make this bad thing,so that sometimes i always prepare coins so that i can pay exact amount and i dont need to wait my change.
@rameshchow (5284)
• India
10 Jul 11
That driver is looking like bad, and he wants for more money. You did better that you have walked instead of using that car. And you can inform to superiors about that driver. Why you only have to go, why you are not sending your dad?
@secretbear (19472)
• Philippines
6 Jul 11
That's really annoying. There are really drivers like that. It hasn't happened to me but drivers have forgotten to give me my change. I would just ask them for it and luckily, I haven't encountered one who told me I haven't paid anything. I have encountered a few who had a look of disbelief in their faces but they said nothing and just give me my fare. I guess they just blame their selves for forgetting if I already paid or not. Anyhow, you can't really avoid paying with bills. You can't always have coins, right? So maybe next time, when you pay in bills, just ask immediately the driver for your change before he even forgets it. And one thing, Bayad Centers are safe. I've paid my Smartbro bills there and even our electricity bills.