Moroccan Behavior Towards Law Enforcement: A Car Boot Case Study
01:32:05 PM Saturday Jun 6, 2009
It's not really a case study, more like a quick writeup on a sunny Saturday afternoon.
It's probably not easy for a Moroccan to accept fault and will do anything to get away especially when accepting one's fault means paying a penalty. Even worse, when the Moroccan has this feeling that the penalty he will pay will not end up in the government pocket, to be used in projects that improve the country, but instead it will be a bonus on a golden tray for officials and their assistants to use for their own personal pleasure.
In these couple of videos, we see a demonstration. In the first video, we observe the individual behavior of a Moroccan acting on his will to escape law after his car got booted in an illegal parking spot. We also observe the social behavior of Moroccans helping a Moroccan in need, which is all fine and wonderful about Moroccans. However, we notice that this help and advice is performed towards illegal purposes, the disruption of order and breaking of the rules. We observe the guardian of parking spots, who is hired by the city, lending a hand to the man with a plan. We observe more people coming in to give technical advice. We observe walker-bys stop, wonder, understand what's going on and walk away. It's natural to feel upset when you get your car booted, it's the worst thing that can happen and one cannot help wish they can find a way to get out without paying a penny. That should remain a wish.
In the second video, I sort of feel bad for the bold Sabo (boot) guy. He was trying to do his job but unfortunately not in the right place (Derb 3omar in Casablanca) and not at the right time (when the car owner just showed up). Another demonstration of individual behavior disrespecting and ignoring the law, and perhaps social behavior of some members of the crowd cheering the offender and pushing away the responsible city employee.
Over the years, I've come to observe and believe that Moroccans have a difficult time observing some small and necessary laws, and an even more difficult time accepting law enforcement and consequences. But I cannot put the blame on the Moroccan citizen only. I also observed that law and law enforcement system is selective in its practice. The privileged people and families may get away more easily when they break the law, whether it is minor or major stuff, civic or criminal. Consequently, I can only say that the Moroccan citizen in general loses trust of law and law enforcement methods and policies.
It's never too late to be an optimist though. We're supposed to observe law enforcement, bite the bullet and move on with our lives. That's how we can help our country get out from the rat hole. Or am I wrong? Someone might emphasize on the fundamental point that law enforcement itself is flawed. But that may not be a good reason to escape it. If one believes they were wronged, then they can apply for a hearing. If a hearing is not part of the policies then perhaps lobby for an amendment of law and have the parliament representatives take it to government officials. That's what they are hired and paid a lot of money for.
Citizens of a country are the customers of its government. That's how I see things. Moroccans hire the government. So as customers they have to all feel privileged and ask for a better service from the people they are paying to provide them service.
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