- The Manila Police District (MPD) honesty store has been closed
- It operated for only six months
- The closure was due to financial losses, attributed to dishonest buyers
The honesty store located at the Manila Police District (MPD) has closed after six months of operation.
KAMI learned that the store was closed due to buyers who did not pay the right amount for the items they were buying, which led to financial losses.
According to The Philippine Star, the store lost an average of P500 to P1,000 a month for a total of over P20,000, which includes the P15,000 that a thief took from the store.
“We have decided to close the store because it is not picking up. On the contrary, we are losing money and it is not a good idea to continue when nothing is happening positively,” Ester Tan, the MPD Finest Brotherhood Cooperative general manager, told The Philippine STAR.
He added that the store’s CCTV shows that aside from not paying the right amount, or getting more change than they should, some people even take money from the box, using it as their “personal ATM machine.”
The store’s target customers are policemen and visitors of the police headquarters.
Netizens were saddened after reading the news:
“dami na talagang demonyo nagkalat sa Pinas”
“Hindi naman ganun kahirap ang maging tapat di ba? Pero.. bakit?”
“Asa pa kasi sa kapwa nyo filipino eh wala ng honest ngayon”
“Teka lang ang police station po is not exclusive para sa pulis. Anyone can have access to the premises. It is unfair para sabihin ang mga kapulisan ang dishonest. Laliman po natin ang pagiisip.”
“What do you expect from a culture that thrives on one-upmanship? People here can keep blaming the police, the government, etc. but they forget that a lot of regular citizens are also corrupt in the most basic of ways.”
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