by Erickson Beco
It pays to always do the right thing, especially in times when no one’s around to see how you react to any given situation.
Perhaps, this is the best way 22-year-old McDonald’s Forbes Hill Bacolod service crew Anthony Jason Porras can summarize the evening of March 10, Thursday, when he found a bag left behind by a customer as he was doing his usual duties inside the store.
“Naglilinis po ako ng lamesa noon kasi magsasarado na kami, nang may makita akong itim na bag sa ibabaw ng upuan. Kinuha ko po agad iyon at iniabot sa security guard namin, na siya namang nag-turn over sa aming store manager,” Porras said in an exclusive interview with Inside World.
The manager on duty later discovered that the bag actually contained P75,000 in cash, along with other valuables. They immediately tried getting in touch with the owner of the bag, to no avail. Just as they were already closing the store, a woman came in asking if they happened to find the bag. She then burst into a chorus of thanks as an appreciation for the honesty and the integrity that Anthony showed.
“First time po itong nangyari sa akin. Kung mangyari ulit ‘yun sa akin sa susunod, ibabalik ko pa rin kung anumang mapulot ko na pagmamay-ari ng iba,” added Porras, the only child of a humble Negrense couple.
By choosing to do the right thing, Porras was commended and rewarded, not just by the McDonald’s Forbes Hill management, but by no less than Megaworld chief operating officer Lourdes T. Gutierrez-Alfonso.
McDonald’s Forbes Hill is a Megaworld-owned store inside the company’s 54-hectare township in the boundary of Bacolod City and Talisay City in Negros Occidental, which opened in December last year.
Jabs and treats for kids at McDonald’s Arcovia City
Speaking of doing the right thing, another Megaworld-owned McDonald’s store has ramped up efforts in helping the national government continue the fight against COVID-19 as it opened its very first COVID-19 vaccination center for children ages 5 to 11 in Arcovia City in Pasig City last week.
Dubbed “Happy Kids Are Vac!”, the vaccination drive was officially launched on March 9 at the McDonald’s branch inside Megaworld’s 12.3-hectare township located along C-5 Road to support the Pasig City government’s inoculation program for the pediatric population.
Pre-registration is a must. To be scheduled, parents or guardians must sign their children up and update their details on the Pasig Health Monitor Records via www.pasigpass.pasigcity.gov.ph.
To help kids feel at ease, they will be given treats and freebies from Arcovia City as they enjoy the different attractions and activities at the kiddie party-themed vaccination hub.
“It is our hope to keep supporting the government in their health campaign, and so we are honored to become part of this initiative to help children become fully vaccinated against COVID-19. May these efforts being done by the Pasig LGU, Choice Gourmet Banquet, Inc. (Megaworld’s operator of company-owned McDonald’s franchises), and Megaworld Lifestyle Malls help in boosting the country’s journey towards herd immunity,” said Krishield Quiogue, general manager, Arcovia City.
Not from Pasig or nearby? Megaworld Lifestyle Malls also has pediatric vaccination centers at Southwoods Mall in Southwoods City; Festive Walk Mall in Iloilo Business Park; Eastwood City in Libis, Quezon City; Lucky Chinatown in Binondo, Manila; and San Lorenzo Place in Makati.
Get your kids vaccinated against COVID-19 ASAP!