ROBINSON’S GALLERIA MALL: BEWARE OF PICKPOCKETS, SNATCHERS AND THIEVES!

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orlistat cheapest We just had a very unfortunate incident today at the Robinson’s Galleria in Ortigas Center. My mother-in-law just visited us from Davao since she attended a board meeting just this week. Since she’s done with her official business, she decided to take us to the mall with her sister-in-law and my son so we can buy some “pasalubongs” and look for a pair of rubber shoes for my youngest brother-in-law.

source url To cut the story short, I left then at SM Megamall since I had to buy the shoes at SM Marikina. They decided later on to set Robinson’s Galleria Mall as the meeting place for her children including my wife since they have a scheduled dinner with a relative from Taytay, Rizal. So at 7:12 PM, I got an SMS that they are already at Pancake House waiting dinner. I headed to the mall and got a parking slow. My brother-in-law followed and minutes later, my wife.

The dinner ended fast so I went out to check some items at the Gary Lising Store when I noticed that something is happening inside the diner. I went inside and learned that my mother-in-law’s 2 wallets with her cash, identification cards, ATM cards, Credit Cards and other important stuffs are missing. Out guest paid the bill and we all decided to head to the Mall Security Office. We then tried to reconstruct what happened prior.

At 7:00 PM, everyone was seated at the Lacoste store where a plant box was situated and a space for mall-goers to sit and wait for their friends. It seems that just before their guests arrived, a “white man” as per my son’s description seem to be insisting on taking the seat just beside my son. My auntie was quite annoyed that she was about to confront the guy when the guests came and so they all went to greet them. My mother-in-law’s bag was placed besides my son as he was playing with his PSP. Hmp!

As told, the guy then sat just beside my son pinning the bag and perhaps that gave the opportunity for him to pick both wallets plus a bag containing some maintenance medicines. As the family decided to head towards Pancake House, they have noticed that the foreign guy left as well and so unsuspecting, they proceeded for the dinner. The “white man” was in his 30s and was wearing a black pants and a formal short-sleeved polo.

Now, the story is being made clear. As we were discussing with the people at the security office, we learned that the mall has no reliable CCTV cameras around that could have at least helped us pinpointing at the exact time period what happened and who did what. No camera as well is installed near ATM machines and mall entrance same as the rival SM Shopping Malls where a recent kidnapping case was solved because of the effective CCTV installed at the said mall.

We have noticed that no CCTV monitors are even installed at the Security Office. We tried calling banks so as we can suspend and cancel all the stolen cards and it took us awhile because the Security Office has no updated Philippine Telephone Directory and they have no list of emergency numbers for all banks. The advice was that they will just contact us should any of their men get to locate any of the missing belongings in trash cans as robbers usually thrash off their stolen items after getting all what they can use.

My mother-in-law was quite worried because her ID indicated her date of birth and unfortunately, she has been using that as her PIN for her cards. As we were cancelling her cards, a bank informed us of several failed attempts to withdraw cash from an ATM recorded at 7:20PM using her stolen cards. The location of the ATM is to be determined come Monday but that just proves that indeed the culprit is already trying to access the cards.

As we were all into a small commotion inside the small office, a lady and her fellow came inside complaining that she lost her bag with her car key, car registration documents, house keys, ID cards and some cash as she was about to use the toilet. She narrated that she put her bag on the flat surface just behind the toilet and as she was about to leave, her bag was somehow fished from the other cubicle and was nowhere to be found. The janitors manning the area are clueless. No CCTV camera is around the area and even at mall entrance so they could have checked ladies carrying her bag using the supposed captured CCTV videos.

She alleged that the mall has been a haven for robbers and his sibling once almost got stabbed when he was held up at point blank at the mall’s food court area. What they got as a consolation after having the incident published for awareness was just a movie ticket for two. Years after that, nothing has been done to improve the security management at the mall and every day, a lot of unsuspecting mall-goers are being victimized by these organized syndicates of bandits.

We tried checking almost all trash cans and searched the mall for the “white guy” with the help of my son but to no avail. In the end, my mother-in-law ended up card-less both for withdrawing cash for her use and for validating her identity once she gets to check-in at the airport this Sunday for her return flight to Davao. Money is something that is earned so we are not bothered that much yet what concerns us is the fact that the mall itself lacks security measures and devices to provide safety to mall-goers. It’s a sad plight!

I do hope that someone from the GOKONGWEI GROUP or those directly linked to ROBINSON’S GALLERIA get to read this blog entry and be able to realize some improvements and some other positive resolution to the rampant incidents of theft inside their premises. The mall has to be equipped with CCTV cameras for security and safety purposes. Security Personnel are also expected to be proactive. More so, this should also act as a lesson that we all should never leave our things unattended. We should at least guard not just our properties but kids as well.

Anyway, it’s 4AM already. Life has to move on for us. The meantime, we are to take care of my mother-in-laws expenses and make sure that she gets to enjoy and forget all about the incident until Sunday. Besides, I believe that when something is stolen, something big is to be given back to you. It is just sad that the culprit has to deal with his own karma forever. So I end this with a reminder… PLEASE BE CAREFUL WHEN MALLING AT THE ROBINSON’S GALLERIA MALL and also with other shopping malls. Be watchful of your surroundings and with your belongings. Thank you and have a nice day!    

 

WRITING TO MY “DEAR DIARY” AFTER 19 LONG YEARS…

Baby RyanDear Diary;

It’s been 19 years since we last heard from each other. I was 10 years old then and it all started with a school project that I get to write to “Dear Diary” everyday to journal my school year. It was exiting at first. I remember having an “Astroboy” notebook as my diary and I used to bring you everywhere I go.

No one knew then in the family that I do write to you. As my teacher would often say… “Keep your diary secret!”, thus I kept you as secret as possible. Besides, you were the only one who knew all my secrets then, remember? I would be mad at you if you would let others read your pages without my permission!

I am 29 years old now. Since I started writing to you, I learned to love writing. I remember those times where I was so mad at the sky and the stars because I was so deprived then unlike now. I used to tell you all my frustrations in life -from myself, my friends, my teachers and even my frustrations with my parents then.

You were my best buddy! I could have named you then but so far, “Dear Diary” remains the best name I can remember for you. I am sure that you know me so well more than I know myself. You were always there when I am down and when I am happy. When I ran out of paper, I would even use the wall inside my closet at one point to write to you. 

I remember writing the very famous tag line that Kurt Cobain even used as a song title I guess. It was a statement so famous then that somehow most people frustrated would either write it in their journals. Well, who would have not thought of saying – “I hate myself, I want to die” with all the pressures and expectations plus the troubles of adolescence way back then?

Hmp. 10 years and 15 years after that, my parents caught my two sisters in separate instances having to write in their closet walls that very same tag line with some drawings. Hehehe.  Well, I got mad and they ended up listening to a long homily from their eldest brother on not taking the path I have taken. They listened.

Going back on us, you knew all my crushes then, right? From Maria Elisa, Paulina,  Micielle, Jayvee, Joan to Maricris and Farah in my Grade School days until I entered high school having to admire Anna Marie, Joan, Mary Jane, Cham-Cham and Najela, you knew all their names and you witnessed how I went crazy with this thing they called “Puppy Love”. Hahaha. But I cannot tell you more names now because I may get in trouble with my wife. Hehehe. Just kidding.

Well, I have not told you yet about my beautiful wife. Well, I am married now with her and I have my one and only son. We met almost a decade ago in UP Diliman and the love story started there. I will tell you more about my life now in the days to come. Much has changed but still, I am the same Ericson that you knew although most people call me Ryan now. Hehehe.

Somehow I am happy that for once I was able to write once again to you but this time not about myself by about our friendship. I have thought of doing this a long time ago but it is only after 19 years that I was able to do it. Time is so scarce these days unlike before. Technology has somehow made you a little distant to most people.

Friendster and Facebook took your spot. Blogging somehow got all the attention. Yet I know that no one can ever replace you. People in my era know you still so well. I am quite older now but still at my prime, I have experienced a lot and if I were to write them all now, I will use an entire forest for a paper. Hehehe.

Today is a good start. From now on, I will try to find time to use this blog to write to you. Although secrecy is not anymore in our list of SOP since blogging is about transparency and expression, I will practice a little moderation so you can get acquainted on how I write now.

So far, I just want to check on you so I need not to write some usual issues or troubles. We missed 19 long years and I am sure that you are excited as well on this letter that I have for you. I do hope that in the days to come, we can talk more and I can tell you more about the 19 years that we did not touch base. So, I have to go now! Cheers!

Your friend,

Ryan