Sunday, January 14, 2007

the police incident

this is the disturbing incident that i was referring to in a previous post.

a few days ago i was working on a group project with my colleagues every day for more than a week. we used to stay at the girl's house from 8:00 am to around 1:00 am every night with the exeption of the last night where we spent the whole night there.

when i arrived there in the morning i found the perfect parking spot...under a tree and right infront of her house...and everyone knows how hard it is to find a parking space in heliopolis.

after a long and hectic day, i finished work at around 1:30 am... when i reached my car i found that some dude has parked his car next to mine (raken saff tany) blocking the way for me to get out...and he had the handbrakes pulled..

what really pissed me off is the way he parked his wasn't parallel to mine, it was rather slanted towards the front end of my car completely ruling out any chance of me squeezing my way out.

then i realized he had broken my left mirror.

i originally thought there were 2 possible reasons for him to act this way:
1- he was pissed because i took his spot even though there were no signs showing that it belonged to him...and he wanted me to suffer for that.

2- he/she don't know how to park the car in the first place...they suck at driving and they don't know that when ur parking in the second row you leave the handbrakes down so that ur car could be pushed.. and they don't have the manners of leaving me a note apologizing for the broken mirror.

i was more convinced that it was reason 1.

i live in the 6th of October city..more than an hour away from heliopolis and taking a cab to home would cost too much and besides i didn't want to leave that guy without any punishment for what he did to me.

i started asking around for the owner of the car and no one knew who it was...then a man in a nearby shop told me that there was a 60% chance that it was the guy living in the first floor of the building in front of me.

i wasn't ready to go knocking on strange people's doors in the middle of the night asking for something they might have done..if i was sure it was him i would've done it instantly but i personally wouldn't want to be woken up in the middle of the night for something i had nothing to do with..

i then decided to call my cousin who happens to work for the police and i asked him if i filed a complaint (3amalt ma7dar) at the police station, would they send a tow truck to remove the car....he replied that it's a possibility.

so i took a taxi to the nearest police station and the minute you set foot there you find all these nosy men that demand to know what your complain is about before leading you to the way of the officer...really pisses me off..i didn't want to satisfy their curiousity so i just told them my cell phone got stolen.

after finally reaching the officer i told him what the real story was and i added that all i cared about was to go home and rest. the officer said "sure thing, we'll just finish up some paper work, ask you some questions, then see what we could do about it"...he then pulled out a pen and paper and began the "who, what, when, where, and why" questions...he then asked me this incredibly stupid question: "is the car with you now, outside the station?" and my face immediately turned all red and i could feel a little smoke coming out of my ears.

anyways...after signing on the paper he went inside the room for a few minutes and came back telling me that he's sorry there's no one with the authority to send someone and go make a report about the incident now ( ya3mel mo3ayna) ...

"the head officer is at home and i can't give that order myself"
"so what am i supposed to do now?"
"come back in the morning, we'll be more than willing to help"
"in the morning the guy is gonna be gone without being punished...and how am i supposed to go home now??"
"no we already have the guy's car number, we'll bring him here and interrogate him"
"ofcourse he'll deny all this and there's nothing to prove what i'm saying"
"i'm sorry, i feel sympathy for you but i really can't do anything about it"

i then called my cousin again and told him what happened...he asked to talk to the officer.
they chatted for around 5 minutes on the phone and then the officer immediately sent a small police guy to go make the report...

"why didn't you say that (A) is your cousin from the beginning?? da 7abeeby men zaman!!"

i thanked him anyways (but i really felt like beating him up) for his efforts, got on the motorcycle with the police dude (yes first time on a motorcycle in my life...kinda fun actually, but freezing) and when we finally got to the "crime" scene i found my cousin there waiting for me..

ofcourse the police guy filed a report that was very much in my favour just because my cousin was there...and after that we started thinking of what to do with the other guy's car since unfortunately there are no tow trucks available in the middle of the night.

my cousin suggested we brake his mirrors and front glass because he caused me financial damage too...i was surprisingly in a less aggressive mood than him, despite all that's happened..

we ended up dragging the car and blocking the road with it so that no other cars could pass through..the next morning at 7:00 am i called the police department and told them that a car was blocking the road and i can't get to work...two hours later they came and took it.

i didn't get to meet the guy unfortunately, i wanted to find out the real reasons behind his stupid act.


Cleopatrina said...

well..God works in mysterious ways/u never know when and how u might end up meeting the guy..worse still, u might never find out that that rage u bore was directed to him in the first place lool;)
i could sooo identify with this post;)


greyscale said...


i was infact very furious with the guy, but i think i've caused him some damage too...he's gonna have to go God knows where to get his car back, and pay some kind of fine for breaking the traffic rules and parking the way he did...he's also going to be interrogated by the police based on the complaint i filed against him..he's probably gonna deny doing any of this but just getting dragged into the police station is humiliating enough.

so if we do crash into each other we'll both be pissed off at each other, but then like you said we probably won't recognize it's us...kinda ironic..i like:)

Deeeeeee said...

Its your right, I just admire the way you had to get it! If it weren't for your cousin... Welcome to Egypt the land of the everlasting 'zucchini'!

greyscale said...

"zucchini" would've been an awesome title for this post:)

الحصان الأسود said...

happend to me before, in front of famous super market in nasr city, i was with my wife and my one year old daughter, some stupid guy parked second lane closing any chances for me to get out, even we called several time on the supermarket microphone, he never show out to remove the car
even asked the door man of the building, the other stores around, no one knows whos the hell was that guy

after half an hour, my baby daughter was crying, it was cold, i needed to go home, i decided to break the cars window, no one could stop me, even the super market guys was warried, and insist to call on the microphone again, and the car parking guy "monady" was scared, and finally they took my car number in case of any troubles, i really didnt care
and i brloke the side window glass
, scratched my arm doing this, but finally i removed the damn huge caprice and got my self back home

next week i was told from the parking guy"monady"that the guy went our later on from the super market and took his car, imagine he was all the time in the supermarket ignoring the calls that every one heard for more than 10 times, specifying his car model, color even plate numbers, and he insists to finish his shopping first of all, thinking let him the hell wait till i go out, thats because he has a big heavey american caprice classic, no one would push or pull

he should be thankful to god that i didnt meet him

الحصان الأسود said...

btw what is a "zucchini" ??

greyscale said...

zucchini means "koosa", u know the vegetable...

thanks for stopping by Dark Horse and i'm sorry about what happened to you that night, it can get really frustrating.

الحصان الأسود said...

hahahaha so, "zucchini" is Koosa, i got it ow, but it is Italian word i guess

thanks for the feeling, i just wanted to say i know how you feel concerning your bad experience as i had same

but you acted more wisely and at the end you caused the guy troubles and got your revenge in decent way.

just feel to warn you, be carefull when you park your car there again, sure he realized that you are the one who moved his car and left it in the middle of the street

thanks again and best regards