Dubai Cornell Britto has landed himself in the kind of mess most expats in the UAE would be well-advised to avoid. Without a job and with outstanding credit card payments amounting to Dh100,000, the Indian is desperately seeking help just to make ends meet.
A commerce graduate who worked in a private company in Dubai earning Dh12,000 a month, Britto was forced to quit his job in September 2010 following an error at his workplace. “I had just returned from a holiday in India and was told that I was going to lose my job,” he told XPRESS.
“The company gave me the choice to resign and I took up that offer so I could avail my end-of-service benefits. I had worked for 15 years in the company and had accumulated a good amount of gratuity. However, all of it went to settle a bank loan of around Dh100,000. In addition, I also had four credit card payments outstanding to the tune of around Dh100,000 for which I am now facing legal action.”
Britto is in a fix as he cannot work despite getting offers in the last three years due to the case. “I am so desperate to start working, but am unable to do so. I have gone to the banks and begged them to do something for me, but they said I have to pay a down-payment and get a guarantor’s cheque for the pending amount. Nobody is willing to do that.”
Britto lives in Al Nahda 2 with his wife Maryann and a daughter, 18, and son, 16. His daughter Chrysann finished Grade 12, but is being forced to sit at home as he has no money to pay for her college. Son Jarryd is in Grade 11 and his school fees are being paid by Britto’s family from India. “My wife works as a teacher in Dubai earning Dh3,500 a month. After difficulty, we managed to transfer her visa to the school visa. I want to transfer my children’s visa to my wife’s, but I don’t have the money to do so. We are currently living off my wife’s salary and the generosity of some friends who drop off food and groceries.”
Those wishing to help Britto can write to firstname.lastname@example.org