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Filipina warns against pickpockets in World-Wide

06 May 2020



World-Wide's shopping arcade remains packed on weekends and public holidays, even amid the pandemic

A Filipina domestic worker has reached out to air a warning against pickpockets in a busy shopping mall in Central, after she became a victim of one last May 1.

Gretchen Sumay said she and her mother went to World-Wide House in Central to buy food from a shop on the first floor, which they hoped to bring to nearby Chater Garden where they planned to eat. Because it was a statutory holiday, she said the shopping arcade was packed.

“Habang abala kaming namimili, hindi ko namalayan na naka open na ang sling bag ko. Bubuksan ko sana ang bag ko para bumili ng Toblerone at C2, at nagulat na lang ako na wala na ang wallet ko.”

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Luckily, she said she only had $650 in her coin purse at the time as she decided to leave the salary she just received at home. But her HKID and her Hang Seng ATM card were also inside the wallet.

“Hindi man kalakihan yung nawala sa akin…pinaghirapan ko yun, kahit ano pa ang halaga,” she said.
 
Gretchen's wallet was returned to the building management, but without the $650 inside
She and her mother immediately reported the theft to a roving security staff, who immediately accompanied them to the building’s management office.

“Luckily may nagsauli ng pitaka ko pero wala ng laman,” Gretchen related. “Sinauli na lang nila ang pitaka ko, HKID at ATM card ko. (Pero) salamat sa Diyos at sinauli nila kahit wala na yung pera.”

But she said she was a bit disappointed that the management staff did not show her the picture of the person who returned her wallet, reportedly because “maliit lang naman daw ang nawala.”

As they were stepping out of the management office, she said they encountered another Filipina who was also about to complain about losing a wallet containing around $1,000 and her HKID card.

Tunghayan ang isa na namang kwentong Dream Love.

Her advice to other: “Lahat po ng nagpupunta sa WorldWide, ingatan pong mabuti ang mga bag ninyo. Marami talagang mandurukot, hindi natin alam. (Katulad ko), wala akong kamalay-malay na nadukutan na pala ako. Beware po tayo.”




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