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17 July, 2006

A bug's life

An academic associate recently had to call in pest control to her villa. As she describes it:

"It was the usual set-up - one bigger brown man in charge of two smaller brown men. One of the smaller men started spraying the industrial pesticide around the cupboards, but he wasn't wearing any protective clothing."

Worried, she suggested to the bigger man that his colleague should be wearing a mask.

"Oh, he's been doing this for so long, it won't make any difference to him now," came the reply.



Anonymous Anonymous said...

Brown men, small brown critters, they are all considered, expendable / replacable / temporary commodities back there.

17 July, 2006 07:56  
Blogger Taunted said...

So true sd.

So why are they worried about plastic cups?

17 July, 2006 08:38  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Good point taunted. I guess all the fuzz about the plastic cups was for the extra 50 fils and not because of health reasons.

17 July, 2006 08:46  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

From what I've heard, stryrofoam itself is carcinogenic in the long run.

17 July, 2006 09:44  
Blogger i, Bobo said...

Doesn't it just make you shudder every time you hear the term "Labor Camp?"

"But it's okay," they say, "they're much better off than they would be in their home countries..."


17 July, 2006 11:32  
Blogger Harsha said...

Maybe they go by the theory of insects becoming immune to the pesticide if sprayed too much - applying on humans.

17 July, 2006 11:53  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

off topic:
upon reading this in GN, immediately visited this blog if it is discussed here. just want to ask your opinion on this issue because this is my first encounter on a case like this.

"The Public Prosecution will press charges of attempted suicide against the woman[herself]."

17 July, 2006 13:18  
Blogger secretdubai said...

Suicide is still a crime here, like it was in the UK and Europe earlier last century before we became more englightened.

I think they are beginning to treat these sad cases with greater leniency though. The realisation is dawning that prison is not the best place for a very troubled, usually mentally ill person.

17 July, 2006 13:22  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Last century? thanks for the prompt reply SD, just want to have a follow up question. what is the punishment for this offense, DEATH penalty?

oh poor "kabayan", in trying to escape from illegal detention, she still end up behind bars. she should have worn C4 backpack and blew herself in her suicide attempt, at least she will end up a mujajidin not a criminal.

17 July, 2006 14:14  
Blogger secretdubai said...

Jail usually I think, but months not years. And possibly a fine?

17 July, 2006 14:16  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

this is sad indeed.. why dont they look at the cause of the problem and her reason to take this extreme step :(

17 July, 2006 14:20  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anonymous @ 14:20
why don’t they look at the cause of the problem and her reason to take this extreme step
No one cares; she is a temporary worker and can be replaced easily. She’s being punished because her employer would have had to spend money hiring a new one.

17 July, 2006 15:10  
Blogger al-republican said...

hahaha raccoon! Sarcasm tags! That really would help bloggers!

17 July, 2006 15:22  
Blogger BrainSyke said...

the disparity of lifestyles in Dubai is starking...

17 July, 2006 20:46  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

When will we see an expose on 'How the other half lives'? - in Dickensian Dubai

17 July, 2006 23:44  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Apparently they even re-use the helmet and uniforms of the construction workers who fall weekly to their deaths. I guess its more cost effective given that their helmets are probably worth at least a month's wage.

17 July, 2006 23:46  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Kind of off-topic but this is good news for a change.

Yay ministry! (For once!) I thought this rule would come to nothing when it was first announced.

18 July, 2006 00:17  

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