January 12, 2008. I do a lot of bank errands for my mom and our family business. I’d say, I go to the bank to pay bills and such almost every other day. I’ve been doing this for almost two years. All this time, I never quite understood why Quezon City has this ordinance on prohibiting cellphone activities inside banks. I’ve always found it terribly inconvenient and irritating. I’ve been meaning to rant about this for a long time. I’m not saying that I’m the type of person who receives text messages all the time, but honestly there are times when urgent messages and calls just keep coming in. And it’s not once that being unable to reply, receive or make calls gets me into trouble with some people. It gets worse if I’m stuck in bank queues that last for an hour.
A few days ago, I was paying some credit bills at some bank along Commonwealth. It was apparently a busy bank day. Imagine, I got a queue number of 98 and the lone teller (the rest were on lunch break? I don’t know) was serving number 30-something. I couldn’t put off the errand some other time because the bill was due that day and I had to pay before clearing cut off. It was midday and I was in urgent correspondence with someone prior to entering the bank. I couldn’t go out of the bank because I would forfeit my queue number so I discreetly communicated while in my seat. It didn’t escape the security’s attention, apparently, so he raise his voiced at me and told me to stop what I was doing. Fine, I said. For a while people looked at me. But there was this crazy woman who kept staring at me as if I was about to declare a hold-up. I was quite pissed, really, thoughts running through my head went like, stop staring at me people, or I’ll throw my goddamn phone at you. So, please, someone explain to me, because it has escaped my understanding for the longest time, why civilian customers are prohibited from engaging in telecommunication activities inside banks?