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I was constantly involved in school curricular activities when I was in first grade. I was a star scout and also joined a dance troop when I was very young. I was so naive back then that I believed whatever elderly people said, and I would always obey them when they told me to do this or that. I wanted to be an excellent student, but I was really dumb. I was a kid who obeyed elder people's commands.
My first encounter with a scam happened when I was still a first-grader in Mindanao. Since kindergarten, I've wanted to be a part of the Star Scouts since it incorporates so many activities and allows me to try, experience new things. Enjoying childhood experiences and creating memories with my friends, sitting around a campfire/bonfire or sleeping inside the school with your friends and other girl scouts and star scouts is a big deal for me. I'm such a very active person that enjoys playing outdoor games, I love making new friends, cooking and interacting with others.
It was around 4 p.m. when students who were also former Girl Scouts and Star Scouts wandered around the building spreading the message to those kids who wanted to join the Girl Scouts and Star Scouts. I jumped with excitement because I was so eager to meet new individuals and learn more about them.
I went home after the meeting and informed my mother right away that I wanted to join Star Scouts. She was so supportive that she went out that night and bought me a Type A and B star scouts uniforms. She bought socks and a variety of other items that are both necessary and important for me.
When the morning arrived, I prepared myself and arrived at school early to give over my 50 pesos to our instructor in order to register for the star scouts. After that, it was 4 p.m. at last. Three days before the camping trip, a young girl who was much older and taller than me approached me. I was very friendly with her, and when she told me she was a Girl Scout, I was overjoyed and said, "Me too." She then told me something about an additional 100 peso payment for the camping and how the deadline was approaching, and that I could give the money to her and she would be the one to hand it over to our instructor, and guess what, I was so naive that I immediately believed her without question. When I returned home, my mother was not around, so, because being a Star Scout was important to me, I took the cash from her emergency fund without telling her. It was a tremendous mistake, and I was certain it was my karma.
I returned to school and handed over the 100 pesos to her. I didn't return home when I noticed that she had taken the money from my hand and gone to the canteen to buy herself a food. I asked her why she bought a snack when I thought she was paying for my Girls Scout membership fees. I sobbed and told her she was liar, and the vendors simply stared at me while I'm in tears, and without anyone bothering to interrogate me. I wept uncontrollably, and it was extremely exhausting for me since 100 pesos was, and still is, a big amount of money. While eating her snacks, the girl giggled and looked at me, who was weeping and in tears. I never told anyone else after that, but it taught me to never trust anyone else.
I can still recall that precise moment to this day, and it has never faded from my mind. It bothers me now since I've been keeping everything to myself since I was a kid. It was really difficult for me to bear, but it has already happened.
Date: October 14, 2021
Title: SCAM that caused my TRAUMA
Article No.: 65
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Hey! Corpsekkuno here gain! I know that kids back then were exposed to such scams incidents by elder people such as siblings or any relatives; it was all fun and games before, but my experience was too much for me to carry when I was young.
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