An overseas Filipino worker in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia experienced trauma after he was strangled by a customer in a fast food chain where he is currently employed.
According to Jonathan Estil Reyes who is working as a shift manager, the incident happened on January 23 when an Arab ordered food from one of his crews. He then assembled it on a tray, served it to the customer and went to take a break.
When he went back, he got shocked when the Arab suddenly pulled and strangled him after putting down the tray at the counter. Apparently, the Arab was complaining about his food which allegedly had spit on it, but was already half consumed.
Jonathan claimed it wouldn’t be possible that the food was not properly handled since they were being monitored thru CCTVs from the preparation of food until it will be served to the customers.
Unfortunately, Jonathan was unable to report the incident to the police. He was then advised not to take his order the moment he steps back to the store.
The police assumed that the Arab is mentally unstable.
Meanwhile, because of so much fear and the trauma that Jonathan experienced, he just wanted to go back to his mother in the Philippines.
Jonathan’s mother, Jacqueline Reyes reported what happened to her son on ABS-CBN’s LingkodKapamilya on DZMM as she asked help for his repatriation the soonest.Mrs. Reyes expressed being worried since she already lost one of her children and she only has Jonathan with him.
“Nag-iisanganakkonalang ‘yan. Minsannaakongnawalannganak. Siyanalangpo ‘yungnatitira.”
“Kung walangumawatna crew n’ya, ‘di konaalamkunganongmangyayarisaanakko. Bakamapataynang ‘di orasnawalangkalaban-laban.”
However, it was learned that the traumatic experience of Jonathan with the Arab customer didn’t end there as there was another incident which was caught on video when the Arab aimed to throw a tumbler at him.
Meanwhile, the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) through Welfare Officer Sanchez-Tobia committed to exert all efforts in helping Jonathan to be able to go home to the Philippines. Tobia had already sent a letter to the Philippine Overseas Labor Office (POLO) in Saudi to relieve Jonathan from his work and prepare his departure.
Aside from Jonathan’s unforgettable experience, he also complained of his employer who allegedly denied him overtime pay.
Jonathan left his work in the Philippines as a manager in a foreign franchise fast food chain to work abroad with his desire to help his mother. He had been working in Saudi for 4 months.
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