Dear LBC. Again.

I am in utter disbelief.

I just came home from another LBC branch that really made my day. Here’s yet again another horror story from LBC. >:(

At around 4-ish pm today, I dropped by an LBC branch in Pasig to encash this remittance from Palawan. If in case you did not know, Palawan is a partner establishment of LBC and I have been doing all my remittance encashments for Palawan via LBC for my modest e-commerce business.

As a pro-active seller, I’d always keep a copy of my client’s transaction slip, just so I can pull out any information needed upon encashment in LBC (even if Palawan would always send an SMS to both their sender and receiver every time a transaction is made).

Below is sample of LBC’s Encashment Form. I’d always fill up the information needed as marked with X (see photo below). Since the staff in LBC would always ask the name of the sender, I’d always note it down beside the tracking number, for everyone’s convenience.

As usual, I presented the filled up encashment form with my ID to the LBC staff for processing. I was attended by Mr. John Paul Almazan today. Upon checking my encashment form, he returned it to me and asked me to write my full address, which was odd since LBC normally accepts it even if I just jotted down the city. Whatever. So I got it back and wrote my full address in each form (I was encashing 2 remittances) before handing it back to him.

He then  looked at me and asked for the origin. I was puzzled and asked him, “Kailangan pa ba iyon? Nasa kotse kase…,” as I know I have filled up all the needed information for him to process my encashment. To which he responded “kailangan po yon.” Confused, I then went all the way to the car just to get my tablet so I can show him the Palawan transaction slip since I don’t know what other information is missing.

Upon showing him the Palawan transaction slip, he smirked and gave my tablet back. This then irked me and confronted him that I have encashed numerous Palawan slips and I was never asked for any “origin.” When I double checked the Palawan form, there isn’t even any information about “the origin” as well so how the eff would I know the origin? He even instructed me, “Tingnan nyo yung form namen may origin na nakasulat doon!” To which I retorted: “Yes, I am familiar na may origin sa form, pero sa dami-dami ng in-encash ko na Palawan, ikaw lang ang humingi ng origin!” I even pulled out a blank LBC encashment form and asked JP Almazan to encircle the detail that he’s been asking from me (see blank LBC form above).

The arguing went on as I was at a lost where to get this information on “origin” and JP Almazan kept on insisting that this information is required. He finally processed my request so I took my money and hurriedly went to my car. I was so upset and told my boyfriend what had happened.

While I was checking the LBC form, it clearly states that “the origin” that JP Almazan has been asking from me is CLEARLY LISTED FOR LBC PERSONNEL USE ONLY. So why is he asking this information from me? AS FAR AS I KNOW, he only needs the transaction number, the name of the sender, and the amount for him to check it in his computer and process my encashment. Nothing about this “origin” is needed.

After this realization, instinct tells me that this guy just wanted me to turn around and go back to my car just to check me out. I had a feeling that this man was just making a fool out of me when he asked me about “the origin.”  What a skeeze.

My boyfriend called LBC customer service at around 4:28pm and was attended by Jocelyn. We confirmed through LBC’s hotline that this “origin” is an information NOT required to be provided by the customer. After having this confirmation, my boyfriend and I confronted JP Almazan while we were still talking to Jocelyn.

Upon seeing my boyfriend, JP Almazan blurted “wala po akong masamang intention.” Uhm, guilty much? >:(

Jocelyn then called JP Almazan from their branch, to which this skeeze insisted that it is in their–and I quote–manifesto that “the origin” is needed. I then told Jocelyn that if it were true that this is in their rules, how come nobody had asked me about this information–EVER?

So, I will ask again:

  1. I have processed numerous Palawan remittances via LBC–from this specific branch and other branches–and nobody has ever asked me to provide the ORIGIN CODE.
  2. Where the hell will I get the information for this? Or is it just your staff is much of a skeeze, just as I suspected?????? Because “the origin” is not even written on the Palawan slip, and “the origin” noted on my LBC transaction form upon encashment (see below photo) is actually the branch code of your LBC branch processing my request. Net, I don’t really see the point of your staff asking me about the ORIGIN and causing me all the distress to begin with!

To Ms Anna Mae Caloy, or whoever in LBC Customer Care Management who can investigate on this, I have tried to make calls this afternoon to report this incident. I don’t understand why your frontliners would always make it hard for your customers to process whatever business they need with your company. Please get back to me as your company should not tolerate this form of bullying/harassment.

To Mr JP Almazan, who claimed he apologized for this incident, shouting pasensya to your client as she is walking out of the branch is not even half an apology. If you were sincere, you could’ve said your sorry in front of my face before I was hurriedly walking away from you.


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6 responses to “Dear LBC. Again.”

  1. Vin Domier Avatar

    Naku it’s really a terrible one but I would say you’re still luckier than I am. I got bullied twice in one branch by two different women emp on two different days just because I presented them my College ID. I’ve used it countless times on different lbc branches even the other branch near that one. They both had that look na parang I look like a scammer or whatever’s worse. The second one’s worse kasi I went all the way to that branch and traveled an hour and I have to get back in less than 30 mins because my brother has to get ready for school. Nakakapanghina lang din ng loob na sasabihan ka na hindi pwede yan kasi di kami sigurado kung estudyante ka talaga or nag stop. I know I look older than my age lately because of stress and I’m always wearing eyeglasses so just because I look younger in my photo sa ID hindi na ako yun? and to make my day really “great,” ang lakas pa ng boses my disbelief and outrage I just asked until what time the branch is up then I hurriedly went home. Well it’s not just LBC but also in one branch of Cebuana. Upon entering with my grandma, the security guard was too loud in saying, “ma’am pakitanggal ng sumbrero, bawal yan di po namin pinapapasok pag ganun di kasi nakikita sa cctv!” paulit ulit pa siya pati yung mga staff. I wore a hat sometimes kasi ang init and do I even look like a thief just because of that at kuya pwede naman magsalita hindi sumigaw. The staff’s also rude. Hayy they’re lucky I’m not the type to complain a lot but someone who would just walk away, no hard feelings but also not a single chance of coming back 😉 Hope yours got resolved na po.

    1. CouchWasabi Avatar

      Hi Vin! Sad to hear your story. Sabi ko nga, I will not hesitate to dedicate a day’s post to every faulty employee of LBC if I had to. Cos obviously I will be transacting with them for as long as I live.

  2. banananutella Avatar

    In my own point of view, maybe LBC is just hiring just to fill in the positions and not screening the applicants thoroughly. Their front liners are the ones needed to be trained very well because they face the customers everyday and that’s the main source of income for the company. I just hope you’ll not experience anymore those kind of scenarios wherein they’ll not treat you well as their customer. Have a nice day Ms. Jirbie! 🙂

  3. Iris Avatar

    I’m sure this is not the first time you encounter an employee like JP. It just really hurts when you give the best customer experience to your clients but you never get the best treatment you deserve as a customer.

  4. LBC Express Inc. (@LBCexpress) Avatar

    Hi Ms. Jirbie, thank you for bringing this matter to our attention. We already elevated this concern to the Area Manager and he will take action on this. We apologize for the experience you had in our branch, rest assured that this is not typical of LBC’s services. We will get back to you the soonest for an update. – Marsha of LBC Express

  5. Anna Mae Caloy Avatar

    Hi Ms. Jirbie, thank you for bringing this matter to our attention. We already elevated this concern to the Area Manager and he will take action on this. We apologize for the experience you had in our branch, rest assured that this is not typical of LBC’s services. We will get back to you the soonest for an update. – Marsha of LBC Express

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