We all know how amazingly brilliant our corrupt police officers at hunting down weed smokers in an extremely unfair, brutal and relentless manner. Using high-tech CIA shit, they do anything they can to catch a kid with a joint. Why? Because they get paid a “reward” for every night that kid spends at their station. Money given from US efforts to “stem the drug problem at its source” are of course misappropriated by the Lebanese “government” and instead given as a bonus to cops that catch drug abusers. Of course, our cops are too scared to catch the actual dealer or manufacturer, or even distributor. So, all they prey on is the harmless user.
Their preoccupation with that, eating fried chicken and drinking red label (oh, and of course howling and whistling at women) has resulted in the humiliatingly painful fact that in the past couple of weeks, a dozen reports of mugging at gunpoint, attempted mugging and kidnapping have occurred within a stone’s throw of the watchful eyes of our glorious Hbeish police station.
This has made AUB try to step in, since the government is comatose as usual (or will just blame it on Syria or Israel and do nothing), and has set up a shuttle bus system that stays running through the night till 6AM to the Mayfair women dorms off-campus. But that ins’t enough. The fact that an AUB student can’t walk about Bliss and the surrounding streets at night, maybe for a quick bite or even a drink, is unacceptable. We never felt like prisoners on campus, and we shouldn’t start feeling that now.
Of course, AUBites themselves have stepped in to try and help, and set up the “Buddy Up” initiative which already has over 1000 members and seeks to help students find someone to pair up with at night and someone to drop off folks who might live close by and not come by car. It’s sad we’ve had to come to this, but also inspiring to see how AUBites spring into action immediately.
So, I suggest the cops start working for the salary we pay them, and have a stroll around the area to make sure nothing bad is happening. As a further bonus: more and new girls to ogle at and whistle, and you’ll be closer to the Malek El Tawouk too! See? Everyone wins!
But, that’s unlikely, so ladies, pack up some chemical mace (pepper spray) and maybe a taser and don’t be afraid to use it on scumbags roaming in the region.