Sunday, December 27, 2009

OT: A Christmas Angel

Dear Online Diary,

First, I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas and here's hoping that we will all have a Blessed 2010!

This is not in anyway related to our wedding preps but I promise that it's worth it to post this true to life story, which happened just yesterday (I must add) . =)

Exchanging gifts is part of our family tradition every holiday season. Due to hectic schedule, I only was able to find time to get gifts for my family and close relatives the day after Christmas and my shopping time is limited to only two hours because we have to be at the bus terminal at 5:00 pm for the scheduled trip to Vigan.

{We can be confident that SM Sucat has honest employees}

I went to SM Sucat with H2B to get several gifts. We were so busy choosing the right gift for the right person as well as chasing some other stuff. We were at counter 14 to pay for the items when I noticed that my bag is open and my wallet is missing. I panic. Why wouldn’t I when I knew that my wallet has my IDs, ATM cards and cash. Teary-eyed, I informed H2B that I lost it. We went to the package counter to check if it’s in the other bag but it’s not. A lot of things ran through my mind – from applying for a replacement of ID and ATM cards, to blocking my credit cards and to figuring out how much cash I have inside my wallet while praying and hoping that we're going to find it somewhere, somehow.

We asked the security personnel if we could see their CCTV videos as we remembered a middle-aged lady came near me while shopping inside the store. We were then assisted to the customer care desk after we reported that I lost my wallet inside their store. This is where the miracle happened. I never thought that someone can still be honest.

The manager and the security personnel asked me some questions as per standard procedure. After the last query, they finally told me that an employee found my wallet and surrendered it – minutes before we came and report the issue.

H2B and I were both in shock that people like Lanie Barquel can remain as honest and kind-hearted as she is in this difficult time. She’s a Frenchtoss promodizer shopping inside the store on her day-off when she found my wallet lying on the floor. Without thinking twice, she surrendered it to the customer care desk. At that time we knew she’s an angel. She didn’t want any gift – even the cake we brought just for her. It’s against their policy but I refused to leave the mall without giving her the cake to show our gratitude (With her manager's approval, she accepted the cake but she wouldn't let us take a picture of her for this blog). The cake may not be enough but I’m writing this to let the whole wide world know what she’s made of. She's an angel in disguise.

Lanie, you’re a special person and I hope all the employees in the world will be like you (especially the waiters of some wedding suppliers). SM is very lucky to have you. What you did shouldn’t go unnoticed. You made us and the recipients of the gifts happy this Christmas, making it so memorable and different from the previous years. More importantly, you thought me a very valuable lesson and I promise to do the same when it’s my chance to help people in need. More power to you and I’m sure that you will be blessed in every possible way. Thank you very, very much. =)

{Gifts for family, close relatives and church donation. Many thanks to Lanie}

This is my worthy entry to the What's your Christmas Story Contest by Echanted Kingdom


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  1. My heart goes to Lanie. She's really something. If it was another person, we wouldn't know what she might do with it. Maybe keep it, I don't know. You're such a lucky gal, too. Merry Christmas.

  2. happy holidays!

    Sana dadami pa ang mga katulad ni Lanie.



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