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Woman fined for slapping, swearing at car park attendant

Man claimed the British woman assaulted him and removed red cones to leave vehicle in full car park

  • By Bassam Za’za’, Legal and Court Correspondent
  • Published: 17:28 August 5, 2013
  • Gulf News

Dubai A secretary has been fined Dh3,000 for swearing at a car park attendant and slapping him when he tried to prevent her from parking her car at the Emirates Towers.

The car park was said to be full when the 27-year-old Bangladeshi attendant, M.A., used the red cones to prohibit the 34-year-old British woman, C.L., from parking her car.

After she removed the cones and tried to drive through to the car park, the woman came out of her car and slapped and verbally attacked M.A. when he blocked the driveway with the cones again, the court heard.

The Dubai Misdemeanour Court convicted C.L. of swearing at the attendant and slapping him, although she entered a not guilty plea.

The Bangladeshi testified that the car parks were non-vacant when the Briton tried to drive her car into the parking around 1.20pm on March 11.

“She asked me to remove the cones so she could drive in and park her car. I informed her that the parking was full and that there were no vacant slots. She did not listen to me, she jumped out of her vehicle and removed the cones then she went back… immediately I returned the red cones to prevent her from driving through. She ran over the cones and drove her car inside. Then she came to me and slapped me and called me bad names,” the attendant told prosecutors.

When questioned by prosecutors, the Briton denied the charges. “I went down from my car and removed the cones, but he put them back and blocked my way to prevent me from parking. I removed the cones two times. The attendant came and shouted at me that there was no parking. Meanwhile, I parked my car inside and went up to my office. When he shouted at me, I shouted back… but I didn’t curse him or slap him. When I was removing the cones, I might have mistakenly hit his hand,” claimed C.L.

M.A. provided the police with a telephone recording of the Briton cursing him.

Comments (33)

  1. Added 16:28 August 6, 2013

    I am ashamed to know this British lady has got over with a paltry sum of Dh3000. Is this a price one pays and more so, an individual coming from a so-called civilized country?.. for assaulting an Asian parking attendant who was purely doing his job?… Shame. This lady should have been humiliated by the tower concierge team and only reflects her true character as an Un-educated individual in society so to say and, who is employed in the towers?. A question, should this happen, vice versa what would the penalty be?

    Amber, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  2. Added 16:23 August 6, 2013

    I hope the amount paid as a fine by the woman is given to the parking attendant who was abused by her. I can only imagine what she would do if she cannot control her anger while driving on the highways; the authorities should monitor her behavior and revoke her license if she continues to have temper tantrums.

    Nitin, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  3. Added 15:26 August 6, 2013

    Answer to the person's comment on this article at 14:08 August 6, 2013... I would like to clarify that Emirates tower have 2 parking slot.....1 belongs to Emirates tower hotel where only valet parking attended can enter to park Hotel's guest vehicles and that also free of cost....... BUT HERE we are talking about the office tower parking lot, where half of the parking slots are free and half reserved by the offices located in tower..... At this parking entrance, attendant is able to see clearly whether any free parking slots are available or not and only those people are allowed to enter who are having access to reserved parking. Please don't judge anyone as Dubai Court is their to judge and had judged that who is right or wrong.

    Amir Sohrab, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  4. Added 15:11 August 6, 2013

    I visit Emirates Towers regularly and have always seen these guys helpful and polite. There was no reason to run over the cones and slap the poor guy. They work all day outdoors, respect and assist everyone. This kind of anger by the woman specially puts forward a negative image for Britons who are generally unlike what this woman portrayed. The punishment is not strict enough.

    Irfan, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  5. Added 15:05 August 6, 2013

    She paid fine and still not guilty. My question is that what the effect on her, nothing changed? Victim (attended) didn't got any compensation and neither he got apology for his insult.

    Amir Sohrab, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  6. Added 14:13 August 6, 2013

    This is not fair, 3000 is nothing. This encourages rich people ,they have the license to do anything and then pay the fine, that's it. Law should be strict in such cases.

    Mrs.khalil, Sharjah, United Arab Emirates

  7. Added 14:08 August 6, 2013

    Who gives the right to car park attendant to close the parking when places available?! Article clearly stays that she removed the cone and parked her car, this means there was parking. So why does this guy stop her? Think about it. If she parked wrong, then Police to fine her, but parking guy has no right to shout at her.

    Kate, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

  8. Added 14:07 August 6, 2013

    If she was fined then of course she was arrested. If she was fined then of course the guard will receive compensation. Being British has nothing to do with it. The British Empire might not exist any more. What has that got to do with this case in point. Most British people I know are very respectful of cultural diversity.

    Hamish, Dubai, United Kingdom

  9. Added 14:02 August 6, 2013

    I agree the woman should be punished but many car park attendants do nothing but create problems for motorists, Sometimes they block free parking spots and give it to someone who will pay them for it. How would she manage to park her car if the spots were all taken?

    Ali, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  10. Added 13:54 August 6, 2013

    The Car park Attendant was only doing his job. I am asking a question to that British lady if she would have dared to slap if the incident took place in UK? Where i am sure all human rights activists would jump into the case and become national headline.

    JK, Abu Dhabi, United Kingdom

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