Good luck telling par­ents about child safety in cars

7 Days in Dubai - - DEAR 7DAYS -

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.

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