EgypToz: I hate all of you

Monday, March 13, 2006

I hate all of you


I can not stand that any more…it was like I was waiting for something like that to happen …to explode…yes…I exploded…because everything has a limit…and this was over the limit…and I can not accept that …
I wanted to buy the newspaper Sot El Oma ( I do not have a TV at home so I always need something to read while I am eating ) but the store in the corner of the street I live in was closed…so I went to the end of the street (500 meter) where I knew another store…but it was also closed…so I asked someone and he told me to go another 500 meter and I will find a bookstore…so I went there but he did not have this newspaper…and he told me to go another 500 meter and I sure will find someone …so I thought I will better walk this distance cause I already walked to that point so I do not need now to take a taxi …plus I will have to pay him 2 pounds and the newspaper costs 2 pounds so that will be 4 pounds…and when I finally arrived there ( it was in Tahrir street beside the metro station…by the way …on my way I saw a lot of young hungry and very dirty children sleeping on the street...and I will discuss this problem another time ) I found my newspaper…I gave him 5 pounds...the man told me ( in a rude way ) that he has no change ( although he sells newspapers and books all day long and actually has to have a lot of money ) …I went to a supermarket and returned back to the man and gave him 2 pounds…he told me “ no …2.5 pounds…”
I did not answer him cause I thought he was mistaken and I took the newspaper to show him that it is written on the newspaper that it costs 2 pounds but he suddenly took the newspaper from my hands and put it back on the shelves…first I did not understand what he did and there was a woman working with him that told me …” he wants to take a tip…give him a tip man”…I was shocked…I told him “ what…what happened to you people…do you really want to take 0.5 pounds more from an ordinary Egyptian teenager who is not a foreigner or a man driving a Mercedes car…the money is not the thing I am talking about…I can give you 3 pounds if you want…but the behavior what upsets me…the way of thinking…if you took from me…and from another person and from everyone who comes to buy something from you today 0.5 pounds extra …then there will be a catastrophe…this is greed…this is dammed unfair…”so I gave him 3 pounds but he told me then “ well…so you will not take the newspaper…I will not give it to you…”
Stop…at this moment my blood pressure increased immediately to the limit where I shouted to him so loudly that all the people on the street came to see the show…” what the hell do you think you are…are you insane…are you crazy man…I hate you …I hate you …” and then I looked to the people around me…" I hate all of you…I hate all of you …I hate all of you….I hate all of you" …and was going to hit the man but the woman stopped me from doing that and gave me the newspaper and took the 3 pounds from my hand…other people took me away from this seller while I was shouting “ I hate all of you…I hate all of you”…well maybe they thought I was crazy…well…honestly it was the first time for me to do something like that in public…but this incidence was an alarm…a critical sign of deterioration in this country…it is like there is no other thing left for us but eating each other like animals…and at the end…the newspaper seller won…and I was the loser ...and what I did was wrong

4 comments:

Mustafa said...

Something similar happened to me at the newspaper stand at the microbus station in Giza square. I gave the guy 5 pounds for Aldostoor and he started counting out change, I thought nice guy giving me change for the microbus, which is 1.75, he gave me 2.75 only. Giving him the benifit of doubt I checked the price and it was still 2LE so I was like I'm .25 short and I told him he made a mistake, he didn't seem to like it and I didn't even see the possibility of him taking a tip, to avoid any complications another guy at the stand gave me my .25 to not make a scene, not that I would, although he'd be freaking crazy if I was going to take the newspaper. I never ever thought of buying from him again. Just think how much money extra you could make every week if you took a tip for every paper you sell?

walladshab said...

You say : I never ever thought of buying from him again...that is the same thing I say to myself everytime...but at the end I found out that I am the only loser...cause everytime when there is a similar problem in a supermarket or a cafe or a restaurant or a newspaper seller...I say to myself : well...I will not come to you again...finally I will stay at home and tell my friends to buy me the things I need...am I anti-social

Mustafa said...

You don't need to become anti-social. You just have to carve out a routine for getting your regular things. If you read Sot Alomah every week then you should know that you'll be passing by a vendor you trust or know. And for one you should never be stuck with not having something to read while eating.

Anonymous said...

I am reading this article second time today, you have to be more careful with content leakers. If I will fount it again I will send you a link