I had a very unpleasant experience in the traffic today. I was about to exit a roundabout, but had to hesitate a bit because of a Landcruiser to my right that didn't indicate what it was about to do. As the Landcruiser turned out to be exiting as well, I was about to follow it, as a red Chevrolet Camaro suddenly raced in between the Landcruiser and my car, not respecting my indication. I had to brake hard to avoid a crash, and the Camaro braked hard as well and was forced to take the exit as well. I honked at him, as did a few other cars behind us.
Okay, that probably happens every other second in Doha. But as this young gentleman in his Camaro drove past me, he rolled his window down, got real close to my car, looked at me and spit at my car. He quickly zig-zagged away from me through the rather heavy traffic, but I managed to get a picture of his car and think I can almost make something out of the number plates.
I was really shocked by this incident; not so much about the near-accident, but more because of the driver's aggression. My question is - should I report this incident to the police? Or should I just let it go as something I can entertain people with once I get home?
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Standard behavior by spoiled locals. No regard for anyone else. Go to police and they will probably spit on you too. It is a bit of a stretch calling it an assault.
unfortunately... you are in Qatar.
it's a norm here.
and we will just live with it.
their country - their rules.
Just be ready to experience more than that incident.
take care driving...
go to the police station and report it imdtly...law is for everyone some police r very good they take proper action..these r not qataris....may be look alike other nationalities ...dont leave this matter silly...take action then only they came to know wht is law.
My friend, A Qatari will never behave like this. Most of them r very polite. Repirt to the police at any cost as no one is above the law.
well my friend, you have two options:
N1 let it go.
N2 fight for your right; listen what you are going to do, go to capital security office (amn al assima) in um ghwilina beside concord hotel, then make your complain, but you have to have the plate number otherwise there is nothing you can do.
fight for your right, some people need to learn from their mistakes and not behaving like they are kings.
yeah...try to report it, hopefully the police will listen to you.
if the police is not interested, then let it go...charge it to experience.
Most of the arrogant drivers around qatar is not a qatari, they are called WANNABE QATARI. You may say he is qatari because he is wearing cloth like one of them, but believe me they are either, PALESTINEAN, LEBANESE, IRAN, INDIAN, TURKISH, SYRIAN and other arab nationalities working here in qatar.
syrian, lebanese and egyptians are the most arrogant in the road.
I don't think an 'اجنبي' expatriate can have that much guts, living in Qatar, to spit on someone's car... this can only be done by a local (just my feeling! can be wrong).
I am sure , this is not Qatari's, Qatar's never ever do like this, may some another Arab country.
Thanks a lot for all the responses! I will try to find the time to go to a police station soon and report the incident. Hopefully they'll look into it and have a talk with the guy.
Regarding where he came from, I really can't tell - he looked Arab of appearance, but wore casual clothes, not a traditional Qatari dress. I don't believe his behavior was a result of nationality, though, as these idiots are to be found everywhere (but perhaps in a slightly higher concentration here).
Go to Police (Not traffic Department) and register a complain against him. he might deny it. but at leadt give him trouble. what kind of rude people !!!!