I was walking all around Hamra this morning trying to find a place that would take a passport picture for me. At 8:30am, most of them were still closed..but just looking made me realize how many Printing/Photo shops there are in Hamra alone! Combined, there must be about 50!
After going into Malik bookstore on Bliss, only to be told that they don’t do passport photos, I was redirected to Doculand.
I had heard about Doculand before..I happen to be friends with a lot of graphic designers, and it seems that Doculand is their second home. Anyway, I was really surprised at how large the place was and how many people they employ.
I arrived at about 9:00am and asked them to take my passport photo hoping that it would only take a few minutes, and that I would be on my way to work at about 9:05..I mean it was early, and I was one of the only people in there. How long could it possibly take to print a few passport photos?
Well, after I took my photo, I waited at the “Place Order Here” counter, to reinforce the fact that I was in a rush..but instead, the sales person told me to “please sit down!” aka (get out of my face you stupid American woman. lol)..so, I did just that, and another 5 minutes later he came by to offer me “nescafe, espresso, water?” to which I politely declined.
Time was quickly passing, and I still didn’t have my pictures!..I looked at my watch,.it was 9:20am..I was definitely going to be late to work. I walked up to the lady at the counter and asked if it was going to be much longer. She told me that they were having problems getting the photos to upload. She couldn’t tell me how long it was going to take.
Long story short, I ended up leaving Doculand at 9:25 without my photos. Was it wrong of me to a be a bit frustrated that no one told me that there was a problem, and that it would be a while? People have places to go, things to do, babies to kiss!
I face that problem a lot in Lebanon. You know, the lack of straight forwardness. I feel as if many Lebanese people will do whatever it takes (keep you waiting, serve you Nescafe, espresso, tea, and water, or even resort to telling you a story) just to take your attention away from the fact that there is a problem, and that whatever you need/ordered is taking waayyyyyy longer than it should, and may end up severely inconveniencing you.
Like, if the people at Doculand had told me that there was a problem, and that it was going to take a while, I would have left my name and number at 9:05am, instead of 9:20am..and would have saved myself getting in trouble with HR for being late!!
Sorry. This has turned into a rant, and I told myself I wouldn’t do too many of those on this blog. I guess I just wish people would be a bit more straightforward.. that’s all..hmmff.