Honesty is among the traits the Batans pride themselves with. But can you expect the same things from people not from Batanes?
Honesty Cafe proves we can.
This is a small store (probably 20 to 30 sqm ) located near the Port of Ivana. Locals said it is open 24/7. Yet, no one is manning the store. No cashiers. No attendants. Only a sign ” The Lord is my security guard” comes close to a deterrent to anybody who may have evil designs.
If you need to buy something, all you have to do is get that item, — coffee, bread, native crafts. Prices are written on the items. You leave your payment in a box marked for that purpose. Of course, no change can be given so one has to either pay the exact amount or leave a bit more money than the cost of the goods taken.