" This is a post by one of our friends/readers. Thank you Georges Hamieh.
I was reading this article on the net
and I was thinking that for the past 20 years I read thousands of articles like this one,
and till now nothing changed.
Private companies are still stealing our beaches and entrances are becoming more expensive.
Open minded people would say:
"yes but this will attract tourists and provide work opportunities!".
Now, if you consider the 2 Italian and 1.5 German people
that you met in Hamra or in Jbeil are the whole Europe, I think we have a problem.
Trust me, tourists won't pay 30$ to go to the beach in Lebanon,
when in Italy, Spain or France it will cost them only 3-5 euros and in Thailand they will get wonderful beaches for free!
Creating job opportunities?
Yes we need to create job opportunities for people so they can afford living in Lebanon.
Work more, so you can pay more, so others become richer.
What's the meaning of having a 2000$ salary if you are going to spend 2000$?
Isn't better if you work less and spend less if things were cheaper?
And what kind of opportunities are we creating, with all my respect to all the jobs,
Lebanese people are becoming, bar tenders, waiters, bouncers and valet parking "specialists"?!
And that's not all, in 10 years we're going to pay 100$ for entrance and things are not going to change, why?
Because people don't want it to change,
even some of us, those who were born after the year 2000 for example,
didn't even hear of something called free entrance.
That is perfectly normal: it's our national duty to pay all this money for a beach entrance in order to help "re-build the Phoenician Lebanon"!
How shocked they are/will be when they go abroad
and discover that beachs are cleaner, bigger and for free.
We allow ourselves to close roads, to occupy places, to burn tires,
to scream mythical, senseless love/revolution chants,
just because some stupid politicians asked us to do it,
but we won’t protest for what is our innate right: a free beach!
After we lost all our free beaches, we're now losing our sidewalks
next in line would be the air itself...
Sidewalks are not free anymore, they are occupied by the "valet parking specialists",a new career that the beach resorts have created and have prohibited me from parking my car wherever I want to!
In general, the valet parking service is used by old or people with special needs,
those who cannot walk for a hundred meters.
But in Lebanon everyone is old with special needs.
If we are waiting for our dear government to change all this crap,
Because most of our "representatives"
own all these companies/resorts/whatever
that are making them rich.
2 years ago I used to pay a valet parking
1 or 2000 L.P., now its 5 or 7000 L.P.!
When the beach entrance will be 100$, the valet parking will be 10$.
Never mind! Your salary will have become 10000$,
because you'll be working 22h a day... or stealing from someone!