Many people have clear goals on their minds: finish school and work as a professional in their field. That’s a great idea, of course, but sometimes street vendors earn more money than these professionals.
In a story that has recently gone viral on Facebook, a netizen shared the conversation that supposedly happened in real life between a teacher and a fishball vendor. The two were classmates but one continued to study and became a teacher while the other dropped out and became a fishball vendor.
Judging by their chosen jobs, it would seem that the teacher is more successful and earns more than the dropout, right? Well, wrong.
“Based on a True Story”, netizen Cath Conde Bugia wrote.
May isang magkaklase nung high school ang nagkita after 10 years. Ang isa ay naging teacher at ang isa ay naging fishball vendor.
👦Teacher: Manong 5pisong fishball nga.
👨Fishball vendor: Pre, kamusta na?
👦Teacher: Uy ikaw pala pre! Eto pre, teacher na! Ikaw Kamusta na?
👨Fishball vendor: Eto pre, simpleng fishball Vendor. Buti ka pa pre!
👦Teacher: Dapat kasi pre nag aral ka!
👨Fishball vendor: Oo nga pre eh.
👦Teacher: Eh di sana pre, 18k/month din kita mo.Magkano ba kita mo dyan pre?
👨Fishball vendor: 1,500 per day pre. May dalawa pa akong cart at may tagabenta ako. Iba pa yung kinikita ko dun. Magkasakit man ako, at di makapagbenta, may kita parin ako… Nakabili narin ako ng lupa pre dahil sa pagbebentang fishball. Plano ko magpatayo ng apartment.
While the story sounds a bit far-fetched, it could actually happen in real life.
Currently, the starting salary for Teacher 1 is at Php20,000 in public schools; although a lot of private schools pay much lower than that, many just at Php10,000.
Meanwhile, fishball vendors do earn a varied income per day, depending on a number of factors such as the location where they sell their goods; however, forum posts and discussions as far back as 2016 revealed that a lot of vendors do earn as high as Php5,000 to Php6,000 per day!
Sadly, many of these fishball vendors do not own their carts and don’t have their own capital to sell the goods; thus, many of them remit their earnings to the cart owners and only get to receive a share of the money.