Vengeful beggar superglues woman’s car in Sharjah

Indian expat who refused to give money locked out for hours; Special tools to prise open the jammed doors

  • harrowing experience: Nazia Khan showing traces left by the superglue on the car's doorphotos: Mazhar farImage Credit:
  • glue blues: Besides the door handle, the lock and hinges were also supergluedImage Credit:

Sharjah: An Indian woman found herself in a sticky situation last Sunday when a beggar superglued her car doors because she had turned him away.

Nazia Khan, 25, and her nieces, ages 14, 10 and 4 remained locked out of the car for nearly two hours before attendants from a gas station were called to prise open the jammed doors with special tools.

“The glue was all over the doors — inside the locks, along the hinges. It had hardened like steel and just wouldn’t come out”
-Nazia Khan, 25
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Nazia’s harrowing ordeal started moments after she stopped at the McDonald’s outlet on Al Ittihad Road in Sharjah for a quick bite around 8pm. As she stepped out, she was accosted by a middle-aged beggar asking for money.

“He was limping. I had fallen for the leg wound infection ruse earlier, so I ignored him, but he remained persistent and followed us briskly. It was clear he was faking an injury so I shooed him away. He muttered under his breath and headed to the spot where my car was parked. When I turned back, I saw him standing near the vehicle, but I didn’t think much of it,” recalled Nazia who works at Dubai Media City.

A nasty surprise awaited her when she returned half-an-hour later and tried to get inside the car. Try as hard as she could, the doors just wouldn’t open.

“I pulled the driver’s side door handle, but it wouldn’t budge. I thought I was mistakenly opening somebody else’s car so I double-checked the registration plate. I tried the other doors… they were sealed too. Only the boot was spared. It was only when I peered closely did I realise that the doors had been superglued.

“The glue was all over the doors — inside the locks, along the hinges. It had hardened like steel and just wouldn’t come out. I rang up Sharjah Police to report the vandalism but they refused to come to my aid or take my complaint,” said Nazia, who then approached attendants at the nearby Emarat gas station to help her unlock the doors.

As they struggled to open the doors, she looked around searching for the beggar. “He just vanished. I went to both MacDonalds and Emarat hoping their CCTV cameras would have caught the man in the act. But they refused to share the footage.

Nazia said she is shocked the beggar would wreak vengeance this way. “It will cost a lot of money to remove the glue but I am glad nothing happened to us. I dread to think what might have happened if the beggar had left us stranded in a deserted area. There were kids with me…”

The Sharjah police are urging people to report beggars who come from abroad as part of an elaborate begging racket. Residents have been asked to report them on toll free numbers 800151, 80080 and 800243. In Dubai, the Director of Tourist Police Department is even contemplating rewarding residents who report beggars. 

As many as 65 beggars including seven women and a juvenile dressed as a woman have been caught in Dubai since the launch of a police campaign.

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  • Anon

    Aug 2, 2012 3:34

    @ Ali. I'm sure you're the one jumping your keyboard here because youobviously did not read the part where she said, "I rang up SharjahPolice to report the vandalism but they refused to come to my aid ortake my complaint,”

  • Anonymous

    Aug 2, 2012 3:11

    I heard these beggars are brought here by some people purposely in the month of Ramadan. They come here on a comission base and give the collected money to the concerned parties before going back to their countries.Why dont we see any beggars in rest of the months?

  • sulaiman kagiri

    Aug 2, 2012 3:09

    Direct to the begging issue , it is not that everyone visiting UAE for funding purposes is a beggar - a beggar is one who asks for small money on the streets, outside mosques, offices etc. Grant seekers normally contact bigger offices and or organizations and charities where they seek funding, so the UAE should clearly distinguish between beggars and grant seekers .

  • Dominic

    Aug 2, 2012 2:38

    It is very upsetting to know that such a thing had happened. It can happen to anyone. Hope the beggar is found and punished. It is more sad that some people in between all this were commenting "Good for the lady" and some even stressing on the spelling of McDonal's, when the actual problem is something else. If you know good English, please keep it to yourself. It will be nice to actuallysee the point of the article and if you cannot help, don't do more harm, even with your words. Thank you

  • Ali

    Aug 2, 2012 2:20

    I am amused by the comments made by some of the readers who apparently jumped on their keyboard before even reading the story carefully. No where does the story say that she seeked the help of the police and the police refused. She went to the gas station and McDonalds and they arethe ones that refused to help, not the police. The last paragraph is just a repeat of the police warning they issued long time ago.

  • anonymous

    Aug 2, 2012 1:35

    Dear Afsan, whether she gives alms or not it doesn't make a difference. Almost all beggars come from different regions just to collect money by saying fake things. The UAE law states that it does not entertain beggars and asks people to report them to the police and she followed the law. You should know beggars are breaking the rule.

  • Salman

    Aug 2, 2012 1:09

    Shame on people who are supporting the beggers. Why should the lady have been given money? It is her decision whether she wants to give or not and to tell you the fact during Ramadan, most of them usually come all the way from othercountries to the UAE to make money. It is sad that policedidn't help.

  • Salman

    Aug 2, 2012 1:04

    What the lady did was correct. We know giving money for the beggers is good for us as the humanity but i myself have seen so many beggars doing dramas with duplicate plasters in their hands and legs when they go a little further they will walk as a normal person. If they are fit let themearn their livelihood by doing some work. This is not the right way. Such beggars should be punished and deported. The police should have gone to the spot. I wonder why they didnt do so. the cctv footage will be given to the police upon request. I request the sharjah police to help this lady and see that in future these incidents do not happen.Today it was a begger tomorrow it can be someone else. So guys be careful

  • Lloyd Richard

    Aug 2, 2012 12:52

    I have tried dialling 80080 alot of times, they dont respond.

  • mayah

    Aug 2, 2012 12:42

    Those beggers are dangerous. please everyone report them to police immediately so this phenomena stops. i heard once on the radio they could be VERY rich, more than the person who feel sorry for them and give them money.

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@ Ali. I'm sure you're the one jumping your keyboard here because youobviously did not read the part where she said, "I rang up SharjahPolice to report the vandalism but they refused to come to my aid ortake my complaint,”


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