ok, so my sister’s driver decided to disappear end of last week. No warning, no notice, no fight, no problems. He just dropped her off at her uni, went to pick up her sister in law’s kids (they’re “sharing” a driver) took them home, told the “haris” (house guard/care taker) that he had to go to his sponsor because he broke his leg, and that he should send someone to pick my sister up (how thoughtful), drove her car to her house, left the keys in his room, and disappeared. Oh, and he took her 15″ MackBook with him. With all her work, all her pictures, her entire LIFE on it. Just like that, Gone. No explanations, no reasons.
For the first several hours, when no one picked her up and his phone was off, my sister was worried about him. she got a ride home from a friend, but worried that he had been in an accident or something, that he was dead, that he was hurt. Then she remembered her laptop… started panicking. (yes, i agree its not very smart to leave it in the car in the 1st place, even if she DID hide it under the seat, but she TRUSTED him. I never would ) The Apartment building guard called to say that her car was home, and they keys in the empty driver’s room. no laptop in the car.
That’s when the frantic search for the driver and the missing laptop begins. My sister was in a panic, swinging between praying to God that her laptop is returned, to hoping whoever goes through her laptop has his eyes gauged out and goes blind, and back to praying it just comes back to her and that’s all she wants.
Then she decided to have a talk with her apartment building’s guard, to ask him a few questions to maybe get a better picture about what happened. Why didn’t he call them when he saw her driver take all his things from his room, when did he bring the car back, was he with anyone, did he say anything to him… etc. She then, on a hunch, decided to leave a message that might be passed on. Using the carrot and the stick, she told him that if he knows anyone that might pass on the message, to tell him that the police are looking for him, and if he is caught he faces getting his hand chopped off and jail (yep, she said that. lol. i find that funny, that she thought it a valid threat since i cant remember the last time that punishment was used in Saudi). On the other hand, if he returned the laptop, they wont look for him anymore and all is forgiven. She also added a last bit to appeal to his humanity: that she worked with disabled children and all her research info was on her laptop (true) and that if that info isnt returned they will be harmed and might even die (yes, my darling sis has a flair for the dramatic).
Wonder of wonders, It was “dropped off” at the dry cleaner’s next door the next morning, and a call was placed to the apartment guard to let him know it was returned. My sister, true to her word, happily let the search for him drop (not that it was really serious in the 1st place). It seems that happens a lot here, minor crimes being forgiven as soon as the issue has passed. even not-so-minor ones. To me, It just means that its going to happen again, and maybe more serious next time. I’m not so forgiving.
But I’m happy for her. Hamdillah she got it back, wheather it was her prayers, the carrot or the stick, or maybe all three combined, something highly imrpobable happened. Hamdillah 🙂