ORTIGOZA: Lousy Corporate Practices
Let’s compare the services rendered by these corporations to us and see who among them give the best worth of our money.
Two weeks ago, when the flick Star Wars Episode 7: the Force Awakens was shown at Robinsons Mall in Calasiao, Pangasinan and CSI Plaza in Dagupan City. hosted it.
At the first day of the show, my wife and daughter told me they watched the futuristic film in 3Ds for P170 per ticket.
For street vendors who sell isaw (grilled chicken intestine) and poso negro (septic tank) “engineers” who also read this column, 3D means a motion picture that enhances the illusion of depth perception, hence adding a third dimension to what one has been watching.
On the third day of the film showing, I and my son Nico, 20, a Star Wars fan since he was three years old, watched the 3D versions of the latest Star Wars’ movie at Robinsons for P250 per ticket.
Watching with my son the celluloid screen produced by Disney after it bought it for $4 billion from Lucas Films was sentimental because Nico, since he was three years old have been collecting all the CDs of the series of these futuristic films, shown every several years, where I too learned who were Chancellor Palpatine and Darth Maul, C3P0 and BB8, Chewbacca and Jar Jar Binks, and Yoda and Anakin Sky Walker.
Opps did I digress from my ticket’s topic?
I said earlier each ticket cost each of us P250.
Yes Virginia, P250 and not P170 per ticket as what CSI billed my wife and daughter!
“Why the 3Ds here are expensive than the P170 at CSI?” I posed to my son as David Ricardo’s theory of comparative advantage and Adam Smith’s “the inefficient perished,” flashed out in my memory after a decade stint of teaching economics in a university in Manila and in Dagupan City.
“Masisira itong Robinsons pag ganito ang presyo nila versus CSI (Robinsons undermined itself with this pricing),” I murmured as we entered the dark hallway for the silver screen.
“Kaya pala P250 kasi may pop corn at soft drink sa paper cup (Geez, now I know why it was P250 because of pop corn and soda),” my son blurted after we retired on our respective seats and after he browsed the ticket using the light of his cellophane.
It says there P180 for the flick and the P70 for the food.
Was that price justification deceptive on the part of the corporation owned by the Gokongweis?
Caveat emptor (buyer beware!) as economics Latin maxim says.
I don’t agree, as this is a sleigh of hand bordering on swindling on the part of the theater’s customers.
But Robinsons should remember that there is a Latin maxim on “Seller Beware!” that I saw on my dream a month ago that says “!@#$%^&&* ninyo lipat na kami sa CSI or whatever movie that doesn’t screw its customers!”
If this practice is being tolerated by Robinsons, then the Gokongweis family who owned this movie world corporation shot themselves on the foot because another movie house in Dagupan City bills P170 a ticket only, without a dress top of pop corn and a softdrink being thrust on the customer’s throat.
Remember, aside from other 3Ds, Disney has been preparing for the next Star Wars’ Episodes 8 and 9 on years 2017 and 2019.
Here’s another services rendered by the banks to their customers.
A friend told me that he opened an automated transfer machine (ATM) card account at SM Groups of Companies BDO or Banco de Oro.
Since corporate hackers can just plant gadget in or out of the ATM, many accounts with tens of thousands of pesos have been illegally withdrawn by those smart aleck scoundrels.
Although my friend has only a pittance at BDO, he dreads the day when his account could be cleaned out by thieves.
He said he has been mulling to change his passwords once in a while but it flashed on him why not put all the bulk of his deposit at Bank X since every time he withdraws at the ATM anywhere in the country the bank alerts him immediately through a text message at his cell phone that an x sum has been withdrawn in his account.
“So if somebody illegally withdraws my money there, the bank could alert him so he could make an action to prevent another withdrawal from the bank,” he said.
That seems not a practice at BDO and other banks, he observed.
Critics of presidential front runner Grace Poe crowed that big financial contributors from the Top Corporations in the Philippines would shun Poe because of the legal spectre she will be disqualified.
Let’s see the probable arguments of Poe’s PR’s spin ministers on how they will parry this argument and still encourage contributors to open the handle of their faucet for the campaign and up to the May 9, 2016 presidential election.
1. She files a petition for certiorari with grave abuse of discretion at the Commission on Election to the Supreme Court to settle the questions with finality on her citizenship and residency;
2. she filed a temporary restraining order which the High Court granted that would usher too for her name to be included in the ballot. So the fuss that she was out of the race is just plain b*lls*t.
3. Litigation at the Supreme Court takes years as based with the cases of other elective officials like those decisions in the House of Representatives Electoral Tribunal (HRET), Senate Electoral Tribunal (SET) that have been appealed to the SC that took years and where many of them handed sometime to the petitioners a month before the elective official terms end. Since people rooted for her, as seen in the past surveys where she was No.1, there is a big chance she would be elected.
4. In case she becomes president and later disqualified by the SC, either presidential rival Rodrigo Duterte or Jejomar Binay who becomes No.2 in the race could not succeed her. Law of succession says it would be the Vice President that replaces the president not the No.2 elected presidential candidate.
The wisdom of the law is that the people did not elect either Duterte or Binay. But they elected whoever vice president who won the 2016 electoral race. So the No. 2 man becomes No. 1, that’s how simple the logic there.
5. So if you’re a contributor, you analyze the legal implications how your millions of pesos bring you advantage and protection in the next six years of the new political dispensation. The poser here: Would it be from countless millions of pesos of returns or bust because you listened to a wrong advice?
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