A work colleague had been jailed for not paying his debtS. He is now detained in a penitentiary here in Dubai, with insufficient food supply and other jail-related discomforts. Imagine being jailed, abroad.
Now, there’s a letter circulating in the office asking for financial help to be extended to the jailed person so he can buy a more decent food, telephone cards to call his family back in his home country and other basic needs.
We work in the same company but in different departments so I’ve known him though not quite well but this I fully know: he was having a girlfriend here despite the fact that he is married (wife back in home country) and have kids! I’ve met them (he and the gf) in a couple of parties. Frankly, I do not like seeing people engaged in extra-marital affairs, whatever the case is or whatever it looks like. Call me judgmental or simple mental if you prefer, but I don’t like to be friends with cheaters (and there are plenty of cheating expats here in Dubai, spouses back in their home country).
Now, I have the letter and envelope in my hands and I would be lying if I say I have no problem with giving something to help him because I do have an issue. It’s one thing to get jailed for an innocent crime (mistaken identity, etc or something that you’re totally innocent with) but getting jailed for irresponsibly handling financial matters (overusing of credit cards, spending money on his other woman, as claimed by his friends) is clearly something else.
Everyone deserves a second chance, I know. A part of me is saying, “Help him, he’s already in jail.” while another voice is whispering, “Why should you help him? He deserved what he got. That’s his wife’s karma!”
What would you do? I HONESTLY NEED YOUR OPINIONS.