I went for an interview this morning and I had to print something out before we could proceed with the process. So off I went in search of a cyber cafe. I found one four streets away but there wasn't any parking space. The driver told me to come down and he'll beg the people in the next compound to allow him park since I won't be long.
When I was done I came out and got into the car, just as I was entering the car an old man in a jeep drove right in front of my car and turned off his engine. We thought he was going to reverse and park properly but he left his car there and came out. I was a bit confused as I watched him climb up the stairs. Someone around said he's the landlord and he's upset we parked inside his compound. I ran up the stairs to plead with him. My interviewers were waiting for me and one had already called my phone to ask why I was taking too long.
I ran up the stairs to plead with this man, an elderly man in his 70s. When I got up the first thing that struck me was the numerous portraits of Jesus. I'm like; ok, at least he's a Christian. I ran towards his office and greeted him. He silenced me with a hand gesture, took off his cap and began to pray. I stayed quiet and bowed my head and said my own prayer; willing him to be fast.
He prayed for almost 10 minutes, at this point I was trying to decide if I should just go and take a cab back to the office. Then he turned to me and asked me what I wanted.
"I'm sorry sir, please my driver didn't find anywhere else to park so he thought he could park here just for a few minutes"
"Why? Where did you do?"
"Just the compound beside yours, I needed to print some thing out, I have an interview right now and I needed to print something out so... Please sir, if you can just reverse your car a bit.."
"Your driver parked inside my compound and didn't come out to apologize when he saw me"
.... I was confused. It was a building with different offices on different floors. How was the driver to know he was the landlord, or he wasn't just visiting? The gates to this building were wide open and there was space for a few more cars to park...
"I'm sorry sir, we're sorry"
"Sorry ke? He looks like an expert driver, let him find a way out"
"Please sir, we didn't mean to offend you..... And I'm trying to hurry... for my interview sir"
"Ok o! I'm coming".
So I rushed back to the car thinking this man was behind me. Ten minutes and he still didn't come out. 5 more minutes and still no show. I went back up and saw him drinking tea or something, he saw me but completely ignored me. I didn't even say a word. I went down and took a cab back to the office. I was made to wait for about thirty minutes before I was called in, after the interview which lasted for about three minutes I took a cab back to where the car was parked and the old man's car still hadn't moved an inch.
The driver told me that the man actually came down to get something from the pigeon hole but went back up without moving the car.
We had to do some Jame Bond moves with our car, driving an inch forward, driving an inch backwards and all till we were able to move out through a tiny space, our car was just an inch away from the next and if we didn't use utmost care we would have ended up denting it.
Some minutes later we got out and I'm still wondering about this.
What kind of human being does a thing like this? Especially one who decorated his entire work space with portraits of Jesus and angels, then spends time praying before sitting down or speaking to anyone else?
Do some people not know what it means to be a Christian?
I just cannot deal!
Ps; I wasn't really interviewed, the job was more or less offered (as I was asked if I can resume tomorrow for training and commence immediately after) but it's an offer I'm quite sure I won't accept. It's not what I'd had in mind.