Posted by: jinoe | November 12, 2008

Consumer Notice

I am amazed by these ads or notices posted for the consuming public. Sometimes, they make me smile. Sometimes, they make me mad. Good thing, the customer is always right.

1. “Fast” food – I buy at fast foods because they are fast. And you pay so much more for the fast service. So why would I often hear them ask if Im willing to wait for my order. I admit I get mad at this and really demand for a fast service. If I have to wait for more than 5 minutes, I don’t order it. Either I choose another one or just leave and find another place.

2. Barya lang po sa umaga – I find this funny. Jeepneys and buses would ask for the exact fare in the morning. If they expect their passengers to bring coins or loose change, why can they expect it from themselves? Besides, they are the one who is at the losing end when passengers have the big bills.

3. No approved therapeutic claims – Huh? I have seen these in many commercials. After all those claims, they say nothing was approved. Yet, the benefits for lower cholesterol, stronger liver, or slimming effects were strongly mentioned. Then, you’d read the word No Approved Therapeutic Claims in a split second. Confusing. Yet, this is a blind side with the government health sectors and alternative medicines. While the government strongly encourage alternative medicines, they can’t make up their mind on how to approve these breakthroughs.



  1. 1 – well, maybe they’re not fast after all. they should just call it… “trash” food. why? wala naman kasing bitamina yung inihahain nila. (boom!)

    2 – hmm… barkada yung driver ko. sabi niya, mahirap daw talaga mag-ipon kahit barya. it simply implies kung gaano kahirap ang buhay. pero i believe… kung mautak ang isang drayber, siya na mismo ang maghahanda ng maraming barya, lalo na sa umaga, diba? ^^

    3 – liars. merong nag-aalok sa akin ng isang herbal drink na siya na raw “all-in-one” drink na pwede kong inumin kahit once a day at pag ininom ko daw, makakasapat para punan ang bitamina sa aking katawan.. nung nakita ko yung notice.. sabi ko “pre, wag n lang. saka na may may approved claim na yan.” (boom!)

  2. 1. well yeah… worst is if they ask you to wait for 5mins and you’re in the drive-through. arg!

    2. baka naman 500 yung buo mo bro… hehe. 🙂

    3. i think it would be quite hard (lack of equipment, technology, etc.) for bfad to objectively verify some claims such “increase memory,” “helps your liver,” or “cleanses your body.” unfortunately din, most filipinos are uto-uto to these so-called miracle drugs.

  3. 3 – Sadly, there are people who will tell anything just to sell their products and satisfy their greed. “No approved therapeutic claims” means that no sufficient (statistically significant) evidence exists that their tablets/powders/drinks produce the desired effects/outcomes. Unfortunately, these producers are not breaking any law when they advertise someone who claims that his sense of well-being has improved after taking a “food supplement” for an illness–an illness which may actually resolve on its own even without any intervention. Alas, most of our countrymen can not distinguish this post hoc fallacy.

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