November 10, 2007
Last Time I was in Kuwait I passed by sultan center in Salwa to grab a few things. As I was walking in I saw a bunch of kids playing, they were probably in third or fourth grade. When I got closer I heard one kid whisper to the other "agoolaha?" , "should I tell her"
I stopped thinking maybe my zipper was open and they wanted to tell me, but that wasn't the case, so i asked them, tell me what?
Boy : khalte 3ndich efloos? (aunti do u have any money?)
I stood there for a few seconds contemplating what I should do next. They were very well dressed, and imbayen they were not poor or anything like that, so why were they asking for money?
Me: what do you want money for?
Boy: just like that
Me: do you do this often?
Boy: yes we come here everyday and ask people for money en6er
Me: Are you poor?
Me: you know god knows if your not telling the truth
Boy: no wallah we are i swear
Me: do your parents know you do this?
at this point one of the kids ran off, but i managed to grab the arm of the other one, he started wiggling and crying, please let me go, please let me go.
Me: don't worry I wont hurt you I just want to talk to you
Boy: I wont do it again please don't tell my mom
Me: I wont tell your mom, but what your doing is wrong, when you lie to people and take their money its very bad
Boy: ok ok
Me: if you do this again I'm going to find your parents and tell them!
I let him go and he ran off.
I gave you the very short version of the story, I must have stood there for half an hour talking to the boys, and they only answered my questions after I promised them money.
I have to add it was around 9 or 10 pm on a school night.
I was very bothered by what was happening on so many different levels! why were they out so late unsupervised, and where did they come off thinking it was ok for them to ask strangers for money!
I should have called the cops and have them take the boys to the station and call their parents, but I highly doubt our cops would care.