An open letter to the person (persons) who stole my cellphone, wallet, pokerchips, and book from outside the library.
Dear (insert expletive here),
May you go bald, cross eyed, bow-legged and may your girlfriend (or boyfriend) dump you publicly in a highly humiliating manner. Amen.
Cursing you profusely,
Hira Saiyed (TDT 1)
It seems that orange, flowery, over-sized bags are the main targets of all the thieves in TIP, because mine has been hit not less than 3 times. The cubicles outside the library serve as the happy hunting grounds of all of this tiny community’s lowlifes, and it also serves as an irony that though the library itself is covered by security cameras, there’s not a single one outside where most of the action takes place.
So while our librarian enjoys reality television, anybody can open up somebody else’s bag and help himself to whatever he/she pleases. The librarians blame the management, the management blames the idiot who was stupid enough to leave their bag outside the library (hel-lo? What are the cubicles for, then?) and the idiot blames the world in general for being greedy, callous, and so friggn’ thoughtless.
I guess there’s no point stressing the fact that most of us are Muslims and know perfectly well that stealing is against our religion; it’s also futile pointing out that basic moral values dictates that what is not yours is not yours to pick up and take away. Aren’t we taught that much in kindergarten? “Stealing is bad…stealing is wrong…stealing leads you to hell…”
Like I said, there’s no point telling people who are already aware that stealing is a sin that it’s a sin. But I’d like to warn people
- not to leave anything valuable outside the library cubicles
- keep locks on their bags if possible, and
- not to carry a lot of money around the campus.
Also, I think it’s about time the management did something about the area around the library. If we’re forbidden to bring our bags and folders inside, the least they can do is ensure that our belongings are completely safe outside. A properly placed security camera would at least provide an identity to the nameless, faceless specters haunting our campus halls.