Only one of the four girls was traced and she told police she could not recall the online conversation with the defendant.When interviewed he claimed his only interest would be to contact females aged 18 or above.A friend recently told me that she was ready to quit her job.Big changes at her workplace meant that new responsibilities were being heaped upon her.Flirting happens more freely on internet chat rooms and web-based forums.A few told of putting their phone numbers on Twitter, BB, Facebook, Whatsapp or through Keek to troll for a bite from women in the digital ether.Neither of these would work here in Jordan, where everyone throws paper – and bottles and cigarettes and plastic bags – on the ground all the time.
The most common ploy is for a man to write his mobile number on a small piece of paper, walk by a girl in a shopping mall or a park, give her a wink and throw the paper on the ground. Another tactic is when a man sees a women walking on the sidewalk, he’ll drive near and throw that same “number on a paper” from the car window, hoping she’ll pick it up and call him.
As we’ve learned from this great No Woman, No Cry video by Hisham Fageeh, Saudi Arabian rules ban women from driving.
This must drive them and their love interests crazy because provocative eye contact and inter-gender chat between strangers is also taboo.
Behind the scenes, we quietly shine through our actions—not necessarily our (spoken) words. For me, it was a manager at a former workplace who often worked from home. I wished that I could get away with his behavior and attitude. For people like me and my close-to-quitting friend, the concept of giving anything less than our best doesn’t cross our minds. We set high standards for ourselves and are disappointed and frustrated when we can’t always achieve those standards.
When he was in the office, he was cool and relaxed and never appeared to be working, yet he was highly regarded by upper management. It’s that impending anxiety of failure that caused my friend to believe: “If I can’t do my job well, I don’t want to do it at all.” But the brutal, honest truth is that many bosses don’t notice who is giving 100% and who is doing the minimum to get by.