1. Study of socioeconomic impact as relative to a rise in shawarma prices.
Without a doubt the best measurement of inflation doesn’t include how expensive a box of Corn Flakes is or microwavable popcorn, but staple goods such as bread, sugar, rice and tomatoes. Outside the household, in the open market of the food industry it is also safe to assume a better indication of inflation is not in how expensive your Starbucks cafe latte is or McValue meal. In Jordan it’s shawarma, humous, foul and of course falafal. These foods are the staples of fast food in Jordan. Or should I say: good food done fast?
A 60 piaster shawarma? Are you nuts?! Are you kidding me?! Don’t they know these fast food staples are consumed by wealthy and poor alike in Jordan? Do I really have to go to the east side of the city to find inexpensive falafal? 25 piasters for a sandwich? Whatever happened to 15 piasters? 25 used to be the jumbo, you could feed an elephant falafal with that baby. Really, 60 piaster shawarma?! That’s crack prices!
Are they just jacking up the tag on these specific commodities because the consumption for them has gone through the roof in the past three years with so many Iraqis and Gulf nationals in the city?
No I will not pay 1.5 JDs from Day3a just because your shawarma is really good! Who do you think you are?!
Ok-ok, I will pay it. But I won’t do it often! So…you know…in your face!
And shawarma aside, I can understand that Lebanon has no tomatoes right now and we’re shipping all the good stuff over there. But does that mean that every tomato in the country has to be green and sold for a staggering 70 piasters? I understand the dynamics of agricultural trade often means the nationals get the leftovers, but do they really have to look like leftovers? I mean really?
So this is an ode to a simpler time when shawarma sandwiches where only 30 piasters, falafal sandwiches only 15 and a plate of humous did not cost half a JD. Surely my children will hear my pitiful laments that will color my elder years.
I will make sure they do.