Punished due to my age, is there any way out?
I am 65 years old, living in the UAE for 23 glorious years. However, as I have aged over the years and reached the grand old age of 65, I am devastated. I have a loan and some credit card outstanding, but no Catching the metro, you become privy to a different species of human. The dog-eat-dog mentality is rife when it comes to the daily commute: people pushing each other with the aim of grabbing a seat, cutting each other off to get through the queue first, people standing right in front of another person just to get on the train first. But the other day I witnessed the one move that takes the cake. I was witness to eight lazy individuals who couldn’t be bothered to use the escalator to get to the ground floor; they’d rather pile in
the lift… (you know the types). That’s fine, but in the process of fighting to get in the lift first, the eight ablebodied individuals cut off a mother with a pram from getting in, cramming themselves in tightly so she couldn’t even use the lift. The one person that this device is actually for was unable to use it because eight lazy adults couldn’t be bothered to walk to the escalator. And it’s an escalator! Not even the stairs! Lift etiquette is a hot topic in our vertical city, and something that seems all too rare. I have to name-shame too – even some of my colleagues use the lift to avoid the single flight of stairs into 7DAYS HQ (I do like to shout at them to use the stairs as often as possible). If you can walk it, do it. There’s an obesity epidemic in this country, so a bit of incidental exercise can’t hurt. Added to that, people trying to get in the lift before others can get out, closing the lift doors before someone approaching can get in and not moving to allow people to get in the lift; the general consensus: we are lazy and rude. We’re all just trying to get where we need to go, but can we keep the douchebaggery to a minimum please?