As if we didn't have enough reason to hate Batelco already!
Mobile callers face extra cost
CHARGES are being brought in for Batelco mobile phone customers who use its directory enquiry service. From Monday, all calls made from Batelco mobiles to either 181 or 188 will cost 160 fils, the company said yesterday.
Customers will then receive the requested number by text message. Batelco says it will donate 10 fils from every request to charity, while calls from residential, public pay phones and business fixed line phones will remain off charge.
Mobile customers with sight-impairments will be given 10 free calls to directory enquiries every billing cycle.
First of all, 160 fils?! ONE SIXTY BLOODY FILS? It's cheaper to call international! I'm not against them charging the regular rate for directory services but come on, don't push it! (FYI, regular per minute rate ranges somewhere between 25 and 45 fils depending on your package).
Oh, and to ensure continuation of the "friendly" image of the company, they donte 10 fils from each call to charity?
So essentialy, you're keeping 94% of a new overpriced charge and trying to show your benevolence by giving charity a measly 6%?
Oh wait, it doesn't stop there! They're giving "sight-impaired" customers 10 whole free enquiries! Sight-impaired? What the @#%$ is a sight-impaired customer? Blind people? Those who wear glasses? And how the HELL do they know which customers are sight impaired? Are we supposed to go to a Batelco office and explain how sight-impaired we are to get the offer? How is this even relevant to directory enquiries?
MTC, Zain, whatever the hell you're called now, here I come!
Anyway, more from todays news and how our lovely GDN newspaper loves to turn an almost useless event into a full blown high speed chase, Bahraini style!
Chase drama over driver drinking water
POLICE gave chase after a Bahraini driver threw a water bottle at their car when he was caught drinking it while driving during fasting hours yesterday.
"The 40-year-old was spotted drinking water while driving in Hamad Town by the police patrol," said a Public Prosecution spokesman. "They tried to pull him over, but he threw the water bottle at their car and tried to escape by speeding away. They eventually caught up with him and were able to pull him over."
During questioning, it was found out that his car was not registered or insured. His case was transferred to the Public Prosecution, where he denied drinking water in the car. He has been detained for a week on charges of breaking Ramadan rules and assaulting police. His case will also be transferred to the Traffic Prosecution for driving an unregistered and uninsured car.
Wow. I wonder why they don't broadcast these chases on Btv! Imagine watching your daily Ramadan show in the afternoon, only to have it interrupted by live video footage of the chase; the guy throwing the bottle out of his car at the cops, the high-speed chase through the Soug Wagif traffic, vegtable stands falling and kids almost getting run over; very indian-movie-esque...
Anyway; more on the tension piling up just 100 miles away from us, in the glorious nation of Iran. They seem to be all over the news now - Article 1:
'Amateur' France rapped by Tehran
TEHRAN: Iran lashed out again yesterday at France's warning of a possible war against Tehran over its nuclear drive, saying its comments were the result of "amateurs" working in European politics.
Oh great, lets make more enemies, yipeeeee. This isn't going to end well. Anyhow, article 2:
WE WILL BOMB ISRAEL
TEHRAN: Iran will bomb Israel if attacked, it declared yesterday. Tehran has drawn up plans to bomb the Jewish state should it attack the Islamic republic, said Mohammed Alavi, deputy commander of air force.
I understand the Iranians are fond of taunting the US and Israel, but now it's getting a a bit too direct for my liking. I can smell armed conflict, it's so bloody close. And it seems that the Iranians aren't the only stubborn ones here, take a look here:
Iran's Ahmadinejad denied Trade Center visit
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has been denied a request to visit the World Trade Center site of the September 11 attacks, New York police said on Wednesday.
Ahmadinejad, who regularly accuses the United States of arrogance in his speeches, had asked to visit the site while in New York for the United Nations General Assembly this month. "The site is closed to visitors because of construction there," police spokesman Paul Browne said in a statement. "Requests for the Iranian president to visit the immediate area would also be opposed by the NYPD on security grounds."
Police said they were unsure why Ahmadinejad wanted to visit.
What are you guys worried about? Him blowing it up again? There's nothing there! I dunno, todays news is kinda getting me down. Lets try and look at something more fun:
Someone tries to sell Belgium on eBay
BRUSSELS, Belgium - Hidden among the porcelain fox hounds and Burberry tablecloths on sale at eBay.be this week was an unusual item: "For Sale: Belgium, a Kingdom in three parts ... free premium: the king and his court (costs not included)."
The advertisement was placed on Saturday, offering free delivery, but pointing out that the country was coming secondhand and that potential buyers would have to take on over $300 billion (euro220 billion) in national debt.
However, eBay decided to pull the add Tuesday after receiving a bid of euro 10 million ($14 million). "We decided to take it down, just to avoid confusion," he told APTN.
That's pretty cool. Anybody wanna buy Bahrain? Bidding starts at $10. Anyway, before I go, i'll leave you with one last article to get your blood boiling:
Man refuses £2 million lottery win
A German pensioner who won £2 million on the lottery refused the cash because he didn’t know what to do with it. The 70-year-old man from Hameln, Lower Saxony, went to the HQ of the German lottery association in Hanover after finding out about his win and told them he did not want the money.
He said he had only bought the lottery ticket out of a habit because his late wife had been a passionate player. Lottery officials said they were trying to persuade him to keep the money.
WHAT?! He just REFUSED?! You don't refuse that kind of money! That's like my life dream, and he just throws it away.. I don't care if you were 110 years old and didn't know what to do with it; you can BUY people to find creative ways to spend it for you!
I'm never reading a newspaper again.