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NO PARKING!

On my way home, driving along the wall of our compound where they recently installed bright shiny new NO PARKING signs – not one or two, but like twenty; one every thirty feet – there are a whole brigade of big huge trucks, you know, the kind that accompany beginning construction? I am not even sure I can get through, there are so many, like six or seven or eight (it is a small street).

But one of the trucks is orange, and I am hoping hoping hoping, so I grab my camera out of my bag as I inch by, and yes! yes! he has parked right next to one of the signs. I take my shot and keep inching by, and just beyond the last truck on the left is a gaggle of truck drivers, I guess they are trying to figure out what to do about something.

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When I get to our gate, I tell them, “there are many trucks parked by the compound wall” (here I point in the direction) “can’t you see them on the security cameras??” and the gate guy says there is a man fixing the camera input right now, but did I get the truck number?

(Did I get the truck number I am thinking??? GO DO YOUR JOB! YOUR JOB IS SECURITY! GO TELL THEM NOT TO PARK THERE!)

I smiled and said “you need to tell them to move their trucks, and not to park right by the compound wall, it is a security risk.” I am a nice lady, yes I am, and so I say this nicely, with a smile, but there is a hint of steel in my voice.

He says “we have people working out there! They will tell them!”

The people out there working are the gardening crew.

I said “No. Your people are about 400 feet away from the trucks, and they are gardeners. They are not going to tell Pakistani truck drivers to move their big trucks.” (The smile is still there, but there is a hardness in my eyes.)

He doesn’t want to go. “Did you get his number?” he asks again. “I say no,” but then I pull out my camera and show him the photo. His eyes widen. The security man comes, and the gate guard shows him and his eyes widen. He assures me they will call the Bolice immediately.

Did they? I don’t know. Honestly, you do what you can. Sometimes it is like knocking your head against a wall, it just feels so good when you stop.

October 25, 2009 - Posted by | Bureaucracy, Civility, Community, Counter-terrorism, Cross Cultural, Customer Service, ExPat Life, Humor, Law and Order, Living Conditions

3 Comments »

  1. woehahahahahaah!
    I think it wold be too much of a fuss to go all the way out there, ànd having to tell a truckdriver to move.
    Have some understanding!
    They probably didn’t choose to be security guards to have to go outside all the time and tell truckdrivers off!

    Comment by Aafke | October 25, 2009 | Reply

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  3. Aafke – EXACTLY! It’s his JOB! That’s what security is all about, keeping people secure!

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