I had a two month bill and was not in Luxor when he came but had left 700 LE there to pay the previous bill. The collector refused the 700 LE and threatened the house manager that if I couldn’t pay the meters would go in the morning. Sure enough the heavy gang arrived at 9.30. It was ok for me because I had organised extra money for the second bill to be given to the house manager over-night.
Almost everyone is out of work in Luxor, money is tight, it is Ramadan – supposed to be a time of good-will. How many houses to-night will have no light? How many babies, old people and sick or dying are now in sweltering heat without air-conditioning?
I will never understand what human beings do to each other. I have found that while they may be very friendly and welcoming people – I have yet to meet an Egyptian who understands the word “EMPATHY”