Last weekend we took A Jr to a mall nearby. He was in his feisty element, assured that he was getting a new toy or a new Spiderman jersey or whatever, and had to be pulled back every now and then to avoid getting pushed. With the festive season approaching the place was quite crowded and there was a beeline at the entrance itself.
Now we’re aware of this practice, still, to set the record straight, there’s this compulsory frisking people and checking of purses (for ladies) at the mall gates. This exercise offends many, hasn’t been taken kindly often and at times the security staff faces flak for barging in on personal space.
This incident further establishes how certain misbehaved and irresponsible people (with only their language and clothes to boast of) can create a ruckus over this thing, only to hide their own embarrassment and to prove that they have an upper hand.
A couple of ladies ahead of us was a young girl, looking dapper in her tight clothes and few layers of makeup plastered over her face. While her purse was getting checked, the security lady found a lighter, 4 unopened packets of Marlboro smokes and one opened packet of some other brand in it.
Since smoking is strictly not allowed in malls the lady removed those packets and the lighter and kept them with her, mentioning that the girl could take them back while leaving. Not the one to take this lying down, the girl got into a retaliating mode and started bashing the lady up, left right and centre!
“She’s fallen in love with my things, that’s why she doesn’t want to give them back”
“Tumhari aukaat hai meri cheezon ko haath lagane ki?”
“Give my things back right now, you don’t know what I can do”
…and some more statements like this came out in full force, their decibel level not even taken into consideration. The girl tried to leave from the entrance door with her purse, to which the lady objected, since again, that was not allowed.
We left that scene after some time but while we were there the Manager had been summoned and he was desperately trying to calm her down. What might’ve happened after that, we’ve no idea.
Security lapses are not new in our country, but at a time when people do try to do their job, are we right by objecting to them only because we got caught flouting some of their rules? I don’t think the lady was wrong there. She could get sacked if the girl (or the guy with her) was found smoking in the mall or the girl was caught in the cameras leaving the mall through the entrance. She was simply doing her job.
What’s your take on this?