Man Waited for Hours to Shop for Others to Earn Money
A man who needs to earn money to feed his family didn’t mind how difficult to waited for hours in a supermarket to do the shopping for others.
Grocery stores, supermarkets, and public markets remain congested as residents still buying their needs amid enhanced community quarantine continues in Luzon to contain the spread of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).
Meanwhile, a lot of people have lost their jobs. Because companies are forced to close or let their employees work from home to prevent the spread of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).
Others do everything just to earn money. Just like this guy, Victor Sandro Espina, 49, saw an opportunity to earn extra income through a “pabili service,” where people ask him to do grocery shopping for a fee.
In an article of One News, Espina says he doesn’t charge any value for the services he provides, but his customers are very generous to him. He said they initially agreed to a P1,000 service fee, but gave him another P300 as a tip.
“(This is) for additional income. My first customer gave me P1,300 for their groceries worth P8,000,” Espina said.
Espina said he did not know his first customer in person and was only referred by a former neighbor to him. Espina added that his neighbor also created a chat group for him named “pabili service.”
He said his customer would rather have him that to wait in line for hours at grocery stores. For the past three days, Espina says he spends eight to nine hours daily completing his service.
“I usually arrive at 9 a.m. here at SM Centerpoint,” he said, referring to the shopping mall in Sta. Mesa, Manila. “Although the supermarket opens at 9 a.m., there is already a long line. People have to wait for three house before they can get inside the supermarket.”
Espina said he has served at least four customers since he started his new sideline following the enhanced community quarantine. It took him two to three hours to get all the items his customers ordered and another two hours waiting in line to pay.
Aside from shopping of groceries, one of his customers asked him to deposit P75,000 in a bank. Espina shared that before pabili service, he worked as driver of local government office, but his income is not enough for his family.
“At least hindi ako naghihintay lang ng tulong. Nakakatulong ako sa mga nagpapabili, natutulungan din nila ako” Espina noted.
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