I snapped this while waiting in line for a taxi outside Al Wahda Mall the other day. This, my friends, is one of the most embarrassing British colonial holdovers of our time.
It is 2011, and the UAE is riddled with people expats commonly refer to tea boys and trolley boys and assorted other workers in the service industry who are men, MEN who work like dogs for long hours, many outside in unbearable heat and beating sun, six or seven days a week for peanuts they save and send home and use to build entire houses and support entire families. In this ridiculous world where people earning 100K plus – over here, without paying any taxes – yet live beyond their means on maxed out credit cards, whining about not getting a pay rise, we could learn a TON from these guys.
But the first thing, the very first thing we should be doing is calling them what they are, men. Standup, real, take-care-of-things men. And the last thing we should be doing is embroidering words that demean them on shirts for all to see.