TCN = Third Country National, anyone who is not an American or a National of whatever country the base is in. The largest numbers of TCN’s working on U.S. Military bases in the Middle East (some for as little as one hundred bucks a month) are Indians, Filipinos, Sri Lankans, Nepalese and Pakistani citizens who generally do labor and administrative jobs (Blue Collar Guys and Gals).
So, today I was at the KBR laundry pick-up grabbing my laundry when this “Fat Ass” Contractorous Douchebagnus walked in to pick up his laundry bag filled with XXXXX-Large 5.11’s. At the top of his lungs he yelled “I AM HERE FOR MY LAUNDRY!” (Like the guys working at the Laundry Pick-Up might have thought he was there for a pizza or something) and tossed his receipt on the counter.
That sort of annoyed me but the stupidness with this guy was just starting, when the Indian guy behind went to look for his bag in the mass of bags shoved in the wall he started yelling “NO, NO, TO THE LEFT, NO, ON THE BOTTOM, NO, MORE TO THE LEFT!”
After confusing and flustering the fuck out of the poor Indian dude Mr. fat-boy walked behind the counter yelling “I’LL JUST FUCKING GET IT MYSELF”, the Indian dude was like “sorry sir but you can’t come behind the counter” (the Indian guy was still being polite and calling him sir).
At this point I was starting to get pissed pissed:
– 1. Because I just wanted my fucking laundry
– 2. This Buffet-Rapist was making all Americans look like rude ass-holes
And right when I decided not to say anything and to just let this guy make a fool out of himself he grabs his bag and then goes and pushes the Indian guy out of his way.
I then snapped, I yelled “Get you fucking hands off that guy, what the fuck is wrong with you pal?” – He jumped back and started to say something to me when I said “don’t even act like you are in the right here, you don’t ever put your hands on someone – people get stabbed in a laundry room for pulling shit like that”
So as usual with most Tough Guys when they are challenged he backed off and started making excuses and whining like a little bitch about how he was just trying to help or something. Anyway – I won’t go into the details of what was said but it ended with me taking his laundry bag and tossing it out the door into the sand.
I really wish that I could say this was the only time I have seen a contractor treat a TCN like dirt for no damn reason at all – but I have constantly seen abuse like this throughout my entire contracting career.
For some reason every single breed of the Contractorous Douchebagnus seems to think he is somehow superior to anyone that is not either an American, Brit or Aussie – and if someone is from a 3rd world country they completely look down on them like they are not even a person. They think this despite they are straight-up loosers with GED’s who couldn’t read a book out loud if someone had a gun to their head
This group of Douchebags will say things to TCN’s that they would never dare to say to an American or Brit for fear of being stomped, but they get a case of the “I will talk down to you or just treat you like shit” syndrome when they are talking to a TCN. Personally I think it is more insulting when they talk down or say rude comments to a TCN’s than when they yell or curse at them.
And quite frankly I am fucking tired of it.
Contractors being rude and even physically abusive to TCN workers is and will continue to be a problem on every base in the Middle East until the non-Douchebag Contractor start checking other contractors when they see this unacceptable behavior.
So if you are a contractor and you are not a Douchebag then don’t just keep to yourself when you see this happening – step in and let the people you see being abusive and rude to TCN’s know that they are in the wrong and that his shit-bag behavior reflects on all of us.
No matter where they are from or what their job is they are still our fellow contractors so watch their backs and be a battle buddy when no other contractor will step up. Be the better man.
Or just kick him in the balls, whatever works best for you
Founder – Editor in Chief
James G is a Veteran Civilian Contractor who has worked in the Middle East and Southeast Asia for way too long; he has traveled to over 50 countries chasing fortune and glory. He spends his off time in Indonesia and Virginia getting drunk, shooting guns, writing poorly written articles and stabbing people in the KBR laundry room