Corruption Starts in Small Ways
An officemate was trying to rebook her ticket to a different schedule, and using the office phone, called long distance to Manila to try re-booking her flight details.
More than thirty minutes had gone by and she was still on the phone, arranging her flight details. Without a brake, I called her attention and said:
Me: Reminder lang po, office phone po yan and you are calling long distance for a personal call.
She just sheepishly smiled at me. I do not know if I embarrassed her by doing that but I believe I did the right thing. I could understand if it was something with urgency, but I didn't think it was. I feel bad because I had to call her attention, the fact that she's stayed longer with the department more than I did. But still, I think I did the right thing.
Corruption in the government starts with little things such as a simple phone call.