The Boyet Fajardo “Duty Free Scandal”
“A life lived with integrity – even if it lacks the trappings of fame and fortune is a shinning star in whose light others may follow in the years to come.“
A story is circulating around the internet lately about the “godly act” of Boyet Fajardo which happened at Duty Free Philippines on March 13, 2009. To give you some ideas, here’s the act…
On March 13, 2009, Boyet Fajardo went shoppping at the Duty Free Philippines Fiesta Mall located at Paranaque City. On paying his goods, the cashier ask for a valid ID because of his unsigned credit card and also an SOP for security purposes. At this point, Boyet Fajardo, got furious and created a scene. The store manager came to appease him and explained that the procedure was to protect the customers from possible con. Mr. Fajardo ignored the explanation. Based on eyewitness, he’s really fuming mad and looks like no one can stop him. He continued on shouting and uttering discriminating words like…
“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!!!”
Boyet Fajardo was really unstoppable. He just keeps on shouting and scolding on the two staff. Then, he said that only if the cashier kneel down before him and/or allow him to freely slap the persons face, may he get satisfied!!!
And the next thing that happened was that – the ill-fated cashier, with tears in his eyes, stand down and just simply gave in to probably he thought would end the matter, so crying in shame he slowly knelt down and apologize (for actually doing his job) before this self proclaimed GOD…
Some concerned citizens asked the people to boycott Fajardo and his products. Here is the petition…
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
In addition to the petition that called on the Commission on Human Rights, Department of Labor and Employment, and human rights and labor activists to take appropriate legal action, the Duty Free Philippines Employees Association, showed a copy of the video where Boyet Fajardo allegedly abused two of its members.
Susan Gonzales, one of the two employees who filed a complaint, said Fajardo threw his passport on the face of cashier Marvin Fernandez.
Being the store manager, Gonzales said she intervened to try to appease Fajardo, but he also allegedly vented his ire on her calling her “fat woman”.
She said Fajardo allegedly threatened to get her fired since he reportedly knows a fashion designer who is in politics. She said the dispute lasted two hours.
As a result of the incident, Gonzales and other union officials went to the Commission on Human Rights to file a complaint against Fajardo.
Dennis Mallari, president of the Duty Free Employees’ Association, said Fajardo violated the dignity of their members.
On Tuesday, March 24, his spokesman said that the incident was a result of a “creative outburst”.
“Figure of speech ang kanyang ginawa eh. Bilang fashion designer, artist nga, ay minsan ay nagkakaroon ng mga creative outburst dahil na rin siguro sa pagod na nafi-feel niya ng mga panahon na iyon,” Ricky Rivera, the designer’s spokesman, told ABS-CBN’s morning show, “Umagang Kay Ganda.”
Rivera said Fajardo is willing to apologize for his “creative outburst.”
Of course, we have nothing against this man but his actuation is really degrading, taking away all your dignity as if you were not human.
Now, how do we assess his act?