I think the one black spot out of all my trips to the Dragon Mart here in Dubai (giant Chinese shopping warehouse/madhouse) so far was yesterday, I visited one of the toilets off the main hallway…. Walked in to see 3 doors all closed. Well, I’ve learned that most toilets have a symbol to tell you if they’re occupied…. One was green, the other two were red, one having the mop bucket and cleaning supplies in front of it, obviously being cleaned, right?
I entered the green door, to find no paper. *sigh*… minor inconvenience, right? Walked back out. Looking for supplies, or perhaps a paper towel to use in a pinch…. No joy. A woman came from the other occupied stall, and I said “paper??” She shook her head “no”….. and pointed towards the door with the mop bucket in front of it. OK, I’ll wait for a bit till she’s finished cleaning….
A few minutes later, a woman in a cleaning uniform exits, WITH HER LUNCH PLATE AND SILVERWARE, scraping her leftovers into the paper towel bin. She wasn’t cleaning, she was EATING HER LUNCH!! I said “paper?” She shook her head “no” and said “it is finished”…. I said “where is more?” she said “it is finished”….. I looked at her and finally, in an effort to be direct and clear said “go get more”. She said “it is finished. I do not understand”.
Insane. I felt like I was replaying a scene from Seinfeld’s “The Soup Nazi” episodes. But it taught me a lesson…. To carry my own.