It’s no joke what lawyers have to go through before they can finally have the ‘Attorney’ title attached to their names. In the Philippines, lawyers are provided an ID by the Integrated Bar of the Philippines (IBP) which regulates the profession in the same way that other professions are regulated by the Professional Regulation Commission (PRC).
But one lawyer had a funny experience at the bank when she presented her IBP ID to the teller because the woman behind the counter would not accept the card, mistakenly thinking that members of the IBP are bartenders! LOL.
My cousin’s friend presented her IBP ID to a bank teller.
Bank teller: May iba pa po kayong valid ID? Di po kasi kami tumatanggap ng ID ng mga BARTENDERS.
— Maf ⚖️ (@AttyMaldita) December 19, 2017
Perhaps it is because the ID bears the word ‘bar’ in the ‘Integrated Bar of the Philippines’ (IBP). Maybe the absent-minded teller simply associated the word ‘bar’ with bartenders because the bar, after all, is a place where you can get some drinks – that’s what most people would think, anyway.
Of course, it is also possible that she didn’t actually know that ‘bar’ also has a different usage and that it is associated with the law practice. We can’t fault her for not knowing because there aren’t really that many lawyers in the country for the word to be a common word to use every day.
But the post still got some laughs, especially from the lawyer community who found the mistake hilarious. Others also shared that they had experienced a similar thing and that banks as well as other financial institutions do not often accept the IBP ID, with many not knowing the IBP is actually an association for lawyers.
So, what do you think of this post?