Her bag was snatched off her lap! She was helpless and just cried!

@salonga (27842)
Philippines
November 10, 2008 10:47pm CST
Our office Receptionist came to office this morning with a very sad face. Her bag was snatched off her lap last night. She said, she was confidently sitting at the end of a passenger jeep when the jeep stopped at a man who pretended to be passenger. But instead of boarding the jeep, the man snatched off the bag of our Receptionist who was caught unaware. The snatcher just walked his way across the other road as if he did nothing wrong. She just cried. The other passengers were equally surprised and were not able to move. No one dared to run after the snatcher. I felt so sad for her because she lost around P6,000 in cash plus her mobile and other valuable items. If you were in the place of our Receptionist, will you do the same or will run after the Snatcher.
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@rsa101 (21181)
• Philippines
12 Nov 08
That is really sad that a personal belonging will just be snatched at you in that instant. It is also sad that no one was able to help or at least call the attention of police nearby. I could not say what would be my reaction if i would witness that incident myself. I might feel afraid to run after them because they might have other companions that may just become a detriment to my life too. It is their territory and I have no defense for myself if I do volunteer to do it. But at least someone could have done something like reporting the incident to the police nearby.
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@salonga (27842)
• Philippines
12 Nov 08
It's really risky to run after the thief. I'm sure he will not just walk ordinarily if he has no one to back him up. My officemate reported the matter to the police station.
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@rsa101 (21181)
• Philippines
12 Nov 08
There is a lesson to be learned from here too. Avoid seating at the edge of the seat with your bag dangling around. I used to like seating in there because it is easy to depart it but I guess there are disadvantages in it.
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@salonga (27842)
• Philippines
13 Nov 08
Yes, yes dear that is right!
@echoforever (5189)
• United States
21 Mar 13
This is such a horrible story! I wouldn't think about that or consider it could happen. Now I'll need to be wary if i ever have to ride public transportation. I think someone should have tried to stop him, but, if they didn't want to risk their lives for that I can understand too.
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@salonga (27842)
• Philippines
21 Mar 13
Public transportation can be really unsafe so we can't be too trusting when we ride buses or jeepneys for they are favorite places of the snatchers and thieves. The problem with some people is that they don't really take necessary precautions.
@roshigo58 (4865)
• Pune, India
19 Mar 13
Hi, I feel very sad for office receptionist. This happened to her very unexpectedly. I also may be confused and could not chase that man. I would become angry on myself that why I have not hold hat bag carefully. We should always be careful with our valuable things because there are many bad people around us whom we can not recognize.
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@salonga (27842)
• Philippines
21 Mar 13
Yes, normally if that thing happened to a woman, the reaction is to be shocked and just cry. How could a fragile lady fight that hoodlum? Because of this, the women are always the favorite victims of snatchers. They know they are not that strong to fight back.
@maxilimian (3099)
• Indonesia
18 May 09
It's really scary ... sorry to hear about your office friend , usually the person who doing it is not alone, he is working with his group, and maybe this caused that no one doing anything to help the victim, the problem is she is not aware, so she didn't know when the crime happen to her, unless if she knows, and i'm at her shoes, i will shouted and i'm pretty sure that others will help me
@salonga (27842)
• Philippines
21 Mar 13
It is really scary to encounter snatchers and any kind of thieves and criminals on the road. And yes, the lookers could not do but look and no more. Maybe they fear for their life as well. The best is for us to just do all the necessary precautions to avoid such to happen to us.
@sun2day (1063)
• Virgin Islands (U.S.)
18 May 09
Evil is lurking all around us, so we must be aware of our surroundings. One never know who is a purse snatcher especially in times like these. That poor lady must have been in a state of shock. She did the best thing by not running after him, but to report it to the police-station. I might have been in shock my self. I would have probably made a plea to get my credentials back,aqnd not worry about the money; even thou she was left penniless. God always promised to provide. I put myself in her shoes and trust it would never happen to her again.
@salonga (27842)
• Philippines
21 Mar 13
This is a dangerous world we live. The safe places are only but few so we ought to be really careful especially when we are on the road. Criminals are out to do their their thing so do all the needed precaution to avoid them.
@ronaldinu (12439)
• Malta
1 Dec 08
Yes I would run after the snatcher. I am surprised that no one did nothing to stop the guy. We are living in an individualistic society. I don't care what happens to the other persons, whether he is robbed or mugged in the street. It is another sad story that I wish I would not have read about. © ronaldinu 2008
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@lingli_78 (12841)
• Australia
12 Nov 08
OMG!!! that is really awful... i'm so sorry that something like that happened to your receptionist... that's why i avoid taking public transport as much as i can and prefer to let my hubby drive me everywhere... hope she will be fine... take care and have a nice day...
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@salonga (27842)
• Philippines
12 Nov 08
It's not really safe to take public transport especially during night time. She's okay now than yesterday when she could not even smile. We have given her enough words of comfort and financial assistance as well.
@subha12 (18452)
• India
12 Nov 08
I think the driver of the jeep knew that person would do so. he should have chased the snatcher. I think the receptionlist was dumbstruck. it is hard to react
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@salonga (27842)
• Philippines
12 Nov 08
Well that could be possible. There really are some connivance sometimes with the driver and snatchers sometimes. And you are right, it's hard to react. Running after him might even cost her life so better for her that she just did not take the risk.
• Philippines
12 Nov 08
Well I guess I wouldnt dare to follow the thief loosing some valuables is worthless compare to loosing your life. Valuables are replaceable and can also be reacquire unlike life we only have one. This is a common problem in our country thef robbery corruption extortion are just around the corners I guess I just got to used to it.....
@salonga (27842)
• Philippines
12 Nov 08
Yes exactly. We can always earn the money but not the lost life.
@katrhina23 (1282)
• United States
12 Nov 08
I will never run after the snatcher. He might be with somebody else. You wouldnt know how many are they in the gang. I will never ever risk my life for that. Notice that the people in the passenger vehicle didnt dare to move. As much for sure, they wanted to help, they also didnt want to risk their lives. Our life is worth more than the Php6000 cash and a mobile phone.
@salonga (27842)
• Philippines
12 Nov 08
Yes there is a big possibility that he was some others who backed him up and should someone run after him for sure they will help him. It's very risky to run after the snatcher especially she is a woman and could not even fight.
@walijo2008 (4646)
• United States
11 Nov 08
I would say that I would run after the snatcher, but I've never been in that situation, and in reality I probably wouldn't do anything especially if it happened that fast. I would call the police, but by that time, it would be too late, and if I didn't get a good look at the snatcher, he probably wouldn't ever be found, that would be my luck anyway...haha. It would be awful tho to lose all your things.
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@salonga (27842)
• Philippines
12 Nov 08
Yes, anyone would have wanted to run after the snatcher in such a situation but it is only easy to say and we would not know how we could really act when we are already in that situation. Calling the police will be too late unless the police is nearby which always is not. H!ha!ha!
• United Kingdom
11 Nov 08
That is so bad and it makes you think about what the world is coming to! I hope that he gets what's coming to him, I'm sure that something bad will happen to him as a result of what he did. Anyway, hopefully she will be able to recover after her ordeal! Andrew
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@salonga (27842)
• Philippines
12 Nov 08
Yes certainly God's eyes are everywhere beholding the evil and the good so that snatcher will have his payday someday.
@hildas (3031)
11 Nov 08
I am very sorry to hear this story. This is going on too much in this world today. Even where I live, I usually try to carry money in my pockets, instead of a bag. These people are just evil. If it had of been me on that jeep I would of tried to help her, but I suppose it is easier said than done sometimes. My grandmother got robbed once, the snatcher grabbed her handbag, but she managed to hold on to it and beat him with her umbrella. When others realised what was happening, they quickly got the guy and held him, until the Police came. She was just one of the lucky few. I do not think your receptionist could of done anything this morning though. She must carry little money from now on and try to use her pockets. This will not stop the robbing as they can still do it, but it is less temptation not to see a bag. Sorry about your receptionist. I hope she is alright.
@Shar1979 (2723)
• United States
11 Nov 08
Things like that happens all the time. I experienced that too but I was sitting at the very end of the jeep. Then there's like a couple of old people in the other end too. Good thing my finger was hooked in my bag. Someone grabbed it and I kept holding on to my bag. The older couples kept hitting on him. When we were trying to fight him....a group of construction workers who are passing by immediately run towards us. The snatcher got scared so he run. I have P60,000 in my bag and nokia 7610 which was brand new then that cost P30,000. I'm really thankful everyone tried to help.
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@salonga (27842)
• Philippines
12 Nov 08
My goodness what a terrible experience my dear! Imagine if that bag of yours was snatched and with that big amount of money in it! How nice of those people who helped you. Good people are still around after all. I hate those snatchers really and how I wish they could be put to jail without bail!
@Bebs08 (10685)
• United States
11 Nov 08
Oh!! that is very sad my friend. I am just wondering why no body dared to go after the snatcher? Is it not a conspiracy? Many instances happened wherein drivers and snatchers are in conspiracy to make money from passengers. At this time, we can not trust anybody anymore even to the policemen because some of them are supporting bad people in the community. You know what I am saying? In our present situation, If you are a helpless victim and ask for help to authorities, there is no guarantee that your case will be solved unless you have close connection with other higher authorities. The real fact now is that, there is no more justice for the common people. The justice is for the rich who can afford to pay. That is why my friend, it is no longer inspiring to live in this wicked world. Full of sin and cheating. There is only one sure place where evil people are no longer existing and that is HEAVEN.
@salonga (27842)
• Philippines
12 Nov 08
You are very, very right my friend! We are living in a wicked world. We don't know anymore who can be trusted for even the some if not all of the policemen are hoodlums in uniforms. I understand you very well my friend.
@gracie04 (4554)
• Philippines
11 Nov 08
that's terrible! GRRR!!! i hate the fact that lots of people are into this kind of thing.. you know, they are so unfair! robbers and other baddies should be imprisoned or cut their fingers for them to learn the lesson.. i just find it odd why the authorities let them pay the bail after doing such dreadful things! yay! if i were the receptionist i would go the nearest police station and report the incident or maybe i'll ask for help! i won't chase the suspect since there might be "look outs" who carry deadly weapons..
@salonga (27842)
• Philippines
12 Nov 08
I wish their fingers and even their whole arm be cut. I think also that they should not be given a chance to bail out. They should languish in jail so they will learn good lesson. Imagine, we are sweating out to earn good money then it will be lost to a lazy hoodlum. My officemate reported the incident to the nearest police station and the police gave her some money for her transportation fare back home.
@ANTIQUELADY (36471)
• United States
11 Nov 08
i probably wouldn't have had any more sense than to have tried to go after him. i can't run nowadays , some days can't hardly walk but knowing me & my temper i'd try to run him down. what a hoodlun.sorry for your friend the purse belonged to. people are too lazy & sorry to get out & work for a living.
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@salonga (27842)
• Philippines
12 Nov 08
I think you can really do that out of your anger! Indeed these lazy people who want to live on others' hard earned money need to be given a good lesson. I wished my friend had the courage!
@don_naces (464)
• Philippines
11 Nov 08
That is really bad. That is always happening in big cities. I think we can find snatchers anywhere around the globe. I do not know if it is just one of their hobbies or they already consider it a career. Maybe they are so happy with what they are doing. The lesson that I can share is never place any valubles inside your bag so that if it will be snatched, it would not be a great loss.
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@salonga (27842)
• Philippines
12 Nov 08
Yes, it is not safe here in the city. Putting so much valuables inside the bag must really be avoided or else pay extra attention to your bag if you know you have a lot of valuables inside.
@nengs10 (3188)
• Philippines
11 Nov 08
That is a very sad story. I sympathize for what happened to the receptionist. In my case, if that happened to me, I'll probably shout and scream for help. After that, I know people will run after the snatcher or would help me. Kudos.
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@salonga (27842)
• Philippines
11 Nov 08
That is also one way to catch attention of the people. There might be some heroes around who could help. Well the receptionist was really caught by surprised and did nothing but cry. But that was a lesson to her. And she should be thankful because nothing bad happened to her, it was only the bag that was lost.
• United States
11 Nov 08
Thats really terrible!
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@salonga (27842)
• Philippines
11 Nov 08
That was really terrible. I could see from the face of my office how terrified she was over the incident. She is fairly new in the city and was sort of traumatized by the incident. We really had to console and cheer her up!