Not My Usual Post
This post has nothing to do with design, architecture, or art all together. I just feel like I need to share.
A couple of days ago I went to dinner at a friend’s home in downtown Chicago. I parked at a meter on a major street (N. Clark for those who are familiar with Chicago). Had a great time, and at 12:40am decided to head back. I opened the door and I was getting in, I stopped, things looked different…
The good news is that only the GPS was stolen, what I couldn’t get over was the response I got from Chicago police. They just didn’t give a sh**! I called to report the incident and hoping that they would send an officer my way. 45 mins later and 2 phone calls to the police the officer I spoke to said that his system was being too slow and couldn’t run my plates, therefore not being able to file a report. When I asked if an officer could do it when he got there, he told me that he’s not sending anyone my way because this is not an emergency, nobody will investigate it, and they don’t care to check the car at all. I asked if he could just check if a cop happens to be in the area, but he said that they have a shortage of cops and that they have more urgent things to attend to. When I pointed out that I didn’t feel safe waiting there, he said that I should just drive my car a few blocks up to a near police station.
At this point I realized that that was indeed my best shot, so I cleaned my seat and drove one block and around the corner there was 3 police cars, with 6 officers lounging outside a bar where everyone was getting drunk. REALLY???
In Arabic, they have a saying that goes something like “The police is in the service of the people.” That certainly was not the case, and it taught me that I should depend on myself and no one else! It is something that I expected would happen in the Middle East, but not here. Major disappointment.