1. Throwing litter from your car window
The floods in Jakarta are often associated with people not throwing away litter properly. These people are usually ill-educated because they lack the money to go to proper schools.
But it just furiates me when I see someone throwing litter from the window of his Rp. 300 million car. I often see this in particular at the toll booth or parking booth in the mall. They would just throw away the ticket to the ground.
Hellooo…there’s a trashcan right under the toll booth window. Or even, you can buy a small trashcan for your car.
Yeah…you don’t mind spending hundreds for foreign branded clothing, but buying a trashcan is impossible for you to do!
It always makes me uneasy about the way Indonesians queue at public toilets.
If there are many stalls, they would queue up for each toilet stall, which leaves you at the mercy of the person inside the stall you’re waiting on.
This is different compared to when I was living in Europe. There you queue before the stalls (just 1 line), so that when one of them opens, the first person that was queuing will automatically be the first to go.
It annoys me when I have been waiting long, but then someone after me goes earlier because the stall she is waiting on finished quicker.
But then again, it is nice if I am the one that can go earlier because I luckily picked a faster queue :P
3. Hold the door please
OK, western foreigners are often not associated with friendliness, but I think that they have a certain politeness that Indonesians lack.
When I was abroad, it was custom to hold the door until the person behinds you can take it. Here…they just slam it in your face!
I sometimes hold the door (out of habit), but what do I get? The person behind me would just walk through….& leave me there still holding the damn door.
I’m not a bellboy! I’m still holding the door open so that you can take the handle from me without having it slam in your face!!