Our five year adventure in Doha, Qatarended June 1, 2012, but the memories will always remain. It's back to Texas where I have decided...Qatar isn't cornering the market on "quirky", as I once believed. Thanks for opening my eyes to the world,Doha!
Wednesday, June 24, 2009
Reflections on Attitude
At the risk of stereotyping, I have come to a conclusion. Qataris can be quite lazy. Now, don't get your colon in an uproar here, I'm as lazy as they come. The difference is, I'm a little more discreet about my couch potato ways. I perform my laziness in the comfort of my own home. Qataris put their laziness up on a pedestal. I have seen with my own eyes an abaya clad woman at Al-Rawnaq (aka "junk store") pull up a chair, sit back and relax, while the store "servant" goes through a huge bin of children's books one at a time raising them like flash cards to her face, while she says yea or nay. Try that in America and you will be eaten alive. I have been eyewitness to a thobed man, looking for a "tea boy" to provide him a bottle of water and then literally expecting the tea boy to walk back with him up a flight of stairs carrying the single bottle of water to his table, as if he were the Emir, himself. Nauseating. I've seen much more and much worse, but prefer not to go there. This hurts me to say this out loud, because I really do love the warmth of the Qatari people, but this is the one area that sends me into stroke range. The attitude that "I am above you" has no place in a civilized society. Surely those that act this way are in the minority and they will see the light one day. What brought this subject up? David and I were doing our people watching from Starbucks this weekend when we saw two Qataris walking through the mall being followed by a Carrefour employee with a nice brand new 42in t.v. in tow. It seems the thobed men had a little more shopping to do, as they ducked into Zara and left the yellow jumpsuit clad guy outside holding the goods. Bottom line: If they tipped him REALLY well, I forgive them.
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