It is an incident that cannot be deleted from my memory easily.
I was with my wife and daughter at the crowded food court of a famous Sharjah mall this weekend. Seated on the next table were three children with buckets of fast food, including chicken, Pepsi and fries.
They chatted and nibbled at the crunchy grub. In a short while, they rose and left, leaving a huge chunk of food scattered all over the table.
It was then that it happened.
A neatly dressed man in full sleeves, properly combed hair and just a newspaper on hand took over that seat.
He did not look anywhere else and quietly started sorting out the food. Leaving the empty covers aside, he picked up the leftover food and without any indicative expression on his face, started munching.
He then gulped the leftover soft drinks and repeatedly shook the chips pocket. There was disappointment there as it turned out to be empty.
The man then rose and headed to the rest room.
In a few minutes, he emerged again, looked casual and disappeared in the mall crowd.