Boyet Fajardo – Duty Free Philippines incident
First Update: March 23, 2009 7:41PM after airing of the official news at TV Patrol World.
Have you heard about this Boyet Fajardo-Duty Free Philippines scandal? If you haven’t yet, the incident goes like this…
Last March 13, 2009, Filipino fashion designer Boyet Fajardo created a scene in Duty Free Philippines. He threw a humongous tantrum and threatened to have two employees of the said store fired. Guess why? A cashier politely asked for an ID because he presented an unsigned credit card! WTF?!@?%$
If you have been using your credit card in major shopping stores lately, you know that it is standard operating procedure to be asked for an identification for the card you are presenting. That’s SOP these days. Even if your credit card is signed and has a photo.
Fajardo reportedly got angry and berated the poor cashier, now named as Marvin Fernandez, and the store managerofficers of Duty Free, named as Susan Gonzales. Officers arrived at the sceneGonzales tried to pacify the angry designer to no avail. Fajardo whipped out his cellphone, threatening to call on a high positioned government official. Dito pa lang nagpi-feeling na itong designer na ito! And then onlookers were shocked when he shouted…
Mga leche kayo! Hindi niyo ako kilala? Ako si Boyet Fajardo! At itong p…ina na babaeng ito (pointing to a lady officer) at ang baklang ito (pointing to the cashier) ay walang kwentang mga tao! I want them fired!!!
An officer Gonzales asked him what he wanted just to calm him down. Did you know what he wanted? For the poor cashier to kneel down in front of him so he could slap his face! The poor cashier had no choice but to kneel down in front of the high-flying designer. There’s a video of this incident below…
The poor cashier was crying in shame afterwards. Have you seen it? No, he was not slapped. But then, what happened to him was more than being slapped!
You know, I am all for customer rights and all that. I have been writing about it here again and again. But you should know if you are in the right or wrong. Boyet Fajardo was clearly wrong in throwing his weight on a hapless cashier when the only “fault” of the poor guy was to ask for an ID from him. You can be a well-known personality, yes. But when it’s SOP to present an ID, do it! Hindi yung ipagmamanduhan mo na well-known personality ka!
A Concerned Citizen is now calling for a boycott of the products being sold under Boyet Fajardo. He’s apparently selling his clothes in major malls. The information given by the Concerned Citizen is as follows:
With such disrespect, discrimination and humiliation towards a good worker, a less fortunate person and a fellow Filipino…
1. We are calling all citizens to stop patronizing Boyet Fajardo’s RTW labels such as Substance in SM department stores, Boyet Fajardo and Initials in Landmark and Robinson’s department stores.
2. We are calling on all malls to pull out or stop distributing his products in your outlets.
4. We are calling on the Commission on Human Rights, Department of Labor and Employment and all human rights and labor activists to take appropriate legal actions on this matter.
5. We are calling all foreign embassies to deny him of entry to your respective countries.
6. We are calling on the Fashion Designers Association of the Philippines to dishonor him of his membership and profession.
…To give him a lesson and to help us stop him from victimizing the underprivileged over and over and over again.
Tel: +632 6327120 / +632 6366871
You do not show your evil side in public and not expect a backlash. Remember that, Boyet Fajardo!
You can check out the video shown at ABS-CBN’s TV Patrol World last night.
By the way, you can also read this blog about Fajardo. This was also one of my sources for this entry.
Let me clarify something… I am not the source of this news. I got the details from the Concerned Citizen. But before that, my sister read a tabloid column last March 18, 2009, Direct Hit by Itchie Cabayan at People’s Tonight with the same details. Only, it was a blind item. Then when I read this same blind item at Seen/Scene of Pilipino Star Ngayon, I made some searches and found the Concerned Citizen’s petition to boycott Boyet Fajardo.