Good luck telling parents about child safety in cars
I have seen children under the age of 5 standing on the sun roof and parents have their kids on their laps while driving and kids going back and forth in the car. I have confronted parents and they simply tell me to mind my own business. Mala Dubai As a faithful resident of JLT, it’s time for me to move on. I love living in JLT – I love the greenery, the community, the accessibility – I do NOT, however, love the chiller fees. After paying them month in and month out, these excessive fees are forcing me out. I have always been reasonably conservative with my air conditioning; keeping it set on 24 degrees C, only running one unit at a time and always turning it off when I’m out, and I never use it through winter. But somehow, there are a multitude of unexplainable fees that cause my bills to exceed Dhs1,000 a month – even in winter! I questioned the company about the bills
throughout winter – when I hadn’t even turned the air conditioning on once during December or January. Oh these are ‘capacity charges’ that are unavoidable, regardless of usage, I was told. How can this be? I know I don’t use my air conditioning as frequently as others – so why, oh why, am I paying for my neighbours to blast the 18-degree air in their three-bedroom apartment while no one is home? There’s a ‘consumption’ charge, a ‘demand’ charge, a ‘fuel surcharge’ and a ‘metre maintenance’ charge. I don’t even know what each of these are, but I’m pretty sure they’re all the same thing. The most infuriating thing is there’s nowhere to question these fees, I can’t dispute my bills, because then my AC will just get disconnected and I’ll perish in the heat… and as I’m already hot-headed, I don’t need this. So I’m moving… oh wait no I can’t afford that either because there’s a real estate commission, a connection fee, and a deposit to make. Pah. Maybe I’ll just go dunk my head in a bucket of ice water instead.