If I had a business whose only service was to collect money from people I'd make sure I'd give every possible channel for people to come and pay me the money that I'm trying to collect from them. Makes sense, no? Well I've been wanting to pay the ESO's bills for the past two days and I just haven't been able to make it to OIFC's payment centers during their office hours. OIFC does not have any self service kiosks or electronic payment systems. You either pay at their counter or you can go pay at a bank (which will most likely charge you 500 baisas per bill). It's virtually impossible for me to leave work these days for anything and OIFC's offices only open in the evening from 4 to 6 (which I didn't know until I found myself outside the locked door of their Zakher branch at 6.15pm today).
While we're on this subject, isn't it time that retailers in Oman stop this dark ages business of opening two shifts and start going for a more convenient morning till night straight shift? I still have no idea which shops open at 4 and which don't open till 5 and then again which ones are closed by 9 and which ones stay open till 9.30 or 10. Yesterday I called Mac Center at 7.45pm and asked them what time they close. The guy said "8.. 8.30." I didn't understand so he explained it could be anytime in between the two!