Tuesday, February 28, 2006


-A True Story

By far the best email i've read so far....

On a recent weekend in Atlantic City, a woman won a bucketful of quarters at a slot machine. She took a break from the slots for dinner with her husband in the hotel dining room. But first she wanted to stash the quarters in her room. "I'll be right back and we'll go to eat,"she told her husband and carried the coin-laden bucket to the elevator. As she was about to walk into the elevator she noticed two men already aboard. Both were black. One of them was tall...very tall...an intimidating figure. The woman froze.

Her first thought was: These two are going to rob me.
Her next thought was: Don't be a bigot, they look like perfectly nice gentlemen. But racial stereotypes are powerful, and fear immobilized her. She stood and stared at the two men. She felt anxious, flustered and ashamed. She hoped they didn't read her mind but Gosh, they had to know what she was thinking!!! Her hesitation about joining them in the elevator was all too obvious now.

Her face was flushed. She couldn't just stand there, so with a mighty effort of will she picked up one foot and stepped forward and followed with the other foot and was on the elevator. Avoiding eye contact, she turned around stiffly and faced the elevator doors as they closed. A second passed, and the another second, and then another. Her fear increased! The elevator didn't move. Panic consumed her. My God, she thought, I'm trapped and about to be robbed! Her heart plummeted. Perspiration poured from every pore. Then one of the men said, "Hit the floor."

Instinct told her to do what they told her. The bucket of quarters flew upwards as she threw out her arms and collapsed on the elevator floor. A shower of coins rained down on her. Take my money and spare me, she prayed. More seconds passed. She heard one of the men say politely, "Ma'am, if you'll just tell us what floor you're going to, we'll push the button." The one who said it had a little trouble getting the words out. He was trying mightily to hold in a belly laugh.

The woman lifted her head and looked up at the two men. They reached down to help her up. Confused, she struggled to her feet. "When I told my friend here to hit the floor," said the average sized one, "I meant that he should hit the elevator button for our floor. I didn't mean for you to hit the floor, ma'am." He spoke genially. He bit his lip. It was obvious he was having a hard time not laughing. The woman thought: My God, what a spectacle I've made of myself. She was humiliated to speak. She wanted to blurt out an apology, but words failed her. How do you apologize to two perfectly respectable gentlemen for behaving as though they were going to rob you? She didn't know what to say.

The three of them gathered up the strewn quarters and refilled her bucket. When the elevator arrived at her floor they then insisted on walking her to her room. She seemed a little unsteady on her feet, and they were afraid she might not make it down the corridor. At her door they bid her a good evening. As she slipped into her room she could hear them roaring with laughter as they walked back to the elevator. The woman brushed herself off. She pulled herself together and went downstairs for dinner with her husband. The next morning flowers were delivered to her room - a dozen roses. Attached to EACH rose was a crisp one hundred dollar bill. The card said:"Thanks for the best laugh we've had in years." It was signed ..... Eddie Murphy Michael Jordan

Isang magandang paalala sa atin na huwag agad tayong manghuhusga ng ating kapwa ayon sa kanyang panlabas na anyo o kulay ng balat, dapat siguro amuyin mo muna kili-kili nya para sigurado hehehe...joke onli.

8 comment(s):

was funny and sensitive!

i hate racists, i hate discrimination!

I wish for world peace!

im back!

By Blogger Owen FV, at 6:11 PM  

Very nice story!!!
I wish I would have roses with 100 dollar bills from Eddie Murphy and Michael Jourdan too :)Hehe

By Anonymous AL Bjørnstad, at 12:44 AM  

Kawawa naman itong puting ale. Marahil hindi siya nanonood ng basketball, ng TV, o pelikula. Sino ba naman hindi nakakakilala kay Mike?

By Anonymous Anonymous, at 2:17 AM  

fafa nakakatawa at ganda morale lesson. sigurado ako mabango kilikili ni eddie murphy at jordan.

By Blogger Ka Uro, at 4:55 AM  

paamoy naman ng kili2 mo dada :D
siguraduhin mo lang na di amoy-patan o kamel. lol
pero okej lang basta may nakaipit na 101 riyals ...

*papasok kaya itong comment ko ngayon? censor mo yata eh :(

By Blogger racky, at 11:44 AM  

hehe, that was funny...typical stereotyping...hate it.

By Blogger Analyse, at 7:21 PM  

hahaha... totoong story kaya ito???

By Blogger JO, at 7:16 AM  

What you adviced is true (except the joke only part) hahaha. However, dito sa amin, you must always be on guard because reality dictates that one does so. It's not paranoia or discrimination.

More than ever, one's intuition plays a vital role in one's safety and security. Yun bang pakiramdam mo, yung feeling mo, yung kutob mo...Well and good kung wala ngang mangyayari but if you want to play it safe, sundan mo ang pakiramdam mo.

Wolves, too, can come in many disguises...

By Blogger Royce, at 10:04 PM  

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