I live alone in an apartment.
At my family house, we have several female Filipina helpers – one of which comes to my apartment 3 or 4 times a week to clean and iron my clothes.
I just found out that she has been having an affair with the Bangladeshi Building Supervisor who lives downstairs.
1) This lady has been with us for a year. She previously had a dubious ‘affair’ with another Bangladeshi who was also living at our family house.
We were very firm but very fair with her the first time, stating clearly, that this was not acceptable behavior. The Bangladeshi Driver had to be released from his duties as the lady said that she had not incited this affair – she had been harassed into it.
2) The Bangladeshi supervisor (who lives downstairs in my building) has been previously warned by the residents for his ‘disappearing acts.’ When he was supposed to be working, he could often be found lying in bed a sleep – leaving his younger brother (who also works in the building) to do all the graft work.
So how did I find out about this 2 month affair?
Because his younger brother told me.
He was terrified that I would find out, report them – and subsequently see everyone fired.
So here is the dilemma:
-This is the second affair in a year for the Filipina lady.
-This is the fifth or sixth ‘minor’ warning that has been issued to the building ‘supervisor.’
If I report the lady, she will surely be fired.
If I report the supervisor – he will surely be fired (along with his younger brother, who works very hard, and whistle blew the entire story).
We all know that many Third Country Nationals (TCN’s) are not well treated in the Middle East. In many cases they are abused, over worked and under paid.
I always try to be fair and understanding, whilst giving people the benefit of the doubt in almost all cases….
But…. have liberties been pushed too far this time?
As you can imagine, there could be some serious repercussions from my actions, particularly if I reveal the truth……So, what should I do? Remain quiet (yet again) or end this ongoing saga?….