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Re: A crappy day and possible racism

Well to be honest that paragraph does look ugly. In my defense I was too annoyed to care and didn't realize how long the rant had become.

As for the racism part ill say that ive been using the transport all over Switzerland for 8 years including small villages. I've also had times when the screen of the ticket machine inside the bus froze with an error message saying it should be reported to the bus driver and a ticket is to be bought at the next possible station. the drivers have always said I dont need to get off its ok. This driver had the ticket machine next to him and the only time in 8 years I dress up as a foreigner and the bus driver tells me to get off.. im thinking why? of course he corrected himself so I can give him a benefit of doubt.

Also i am sure had I looked like a 100% swiss the employee at Aldi would not have behaved the way he did. Its almost as if he thought Aha! got you you ausländer surely you stole that. After all there was a possibility he was wrong. But he made sure he had an audience and that for an item that wasnt present in their store!

Anyway.. the day has finally come to an end, the hubby has put the kids to sleep, is cooking for 'his' guests and nicely excused me so i can relax and finally have some peace.

As for the groaners..seriousy?
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+1.

Btw OP, could you please post a picture with something similar? I'm serious when I say I'd like to wear it.
+2!

I've beeen know to swan about in saris, but they're not terribly practical for every-day wear...
Pakistani shirt and leggings sound perfect for the weather we're having these days... any chance of a link to a traditional sewing pattern or two?
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Hey guys, we're missing the main point here.....

The OP's husband deserves a right boll*cking for offering to take her son to day care this morning and then changing his mind at the last minute!

Can't give an opinion on the bus and shopping incidents as the quotes are in german, also don't quite get quite why she's lugging a double pushchair around as there's no mention of a second child.

Sincerely hope husband doesn't get any dinner tonight.
My second son, 1 year old, stays with me so he was there all along.
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Are you being (deliberately) a bit cheeky? You do understand that sometimes it makes sense for people to make multiple shopping stops, right? OK, maybe not for you. The only place I know of that takes customers' purchases (and backpacks) and gives a number is back in Canada. It would be cool to know which shops offer this here. When the customer service in Migros offered us a couple of bars of chocolate, they placed stickers on them so that the cashiers knew they were "paid for".
Media Markt in Sihlcity (Zürich) is one of them. If you happen to have already bought something they might also sell in their shops, as I did last weekend, just go to the service custom counter, where you also go if you need some stamp or whatever for warranty certificates and you'll get a number, and pick up your stuff when you're done with their shop.
Anyway, I usually ask either the shopkeepers, or the cashier what should I do if I bought some stuff in other stores. (and of course, keep the receipts anyway, but it's wise to keep them in case you change your mind or something)
No, I was not trying to be "cheeky", I was a bit ironic to myself. Sorry if you felt attacked or something, it was a self-derogatory joke.
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Re: A crappy day and possible racism

Sure sounds like one of those days!! Hope tomorrow is better!

I've been asked at checkouts about stuff I'd bought from other shops. Try not to take it personally

I don't know if my outfit is anything like yours, here is a pic of me in mine. wearing it to a wedding in Harrogate. It's a phone picture of a gloss photograph you can't see the neckline detail or the pattern or shimmer on the material, but it was so beautiful I loved it. My friend at work made it for me. I thought I looked awesome, I'm sure you look awesome too!
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The shortcut of "foreign piece of clothing = must be foreigner" here is hilarious. I braid my hair when I get bored and crave diversity and get taken for an authentic Heidi. OP, just keep your head above and enjoy wearing whatever feels great.
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You do look lovely! The picture Im attaching is the closest I found online to what I was wearing.
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Nice!!! where can I buy this?
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Re: A crappy day and possible racism

Actually I was looking just last week for an online shop where I can buy a cotton kurta/salwar and kameez but couldn't find any. I always wanted one, they look great. So I even checked the internet to find a sewing pattern without success though. Any tips on finding a kurta are welcome. Thank you.
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http://www.elan.pk/

http://www.khaadionline.com/pk/woman/pret/eastern.html

http://www.saniamaskatiya.com/luxuryprettraditional
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Re: A crappy day and possible racism

Leicester's Golden Mile is just an EasyJet flight away, to Luton and train up, or East Midlands and train down. Can't get a better choice and better value than there.
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Leicester's Golden Mile is just an EasyJet flight away, to Luton and train up, or East Midlands and train down. Can't get a better choice and better value than there.
Southall's even closer to Luton and just as good!
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The shortcut of "foreign piece of clothing = must be foreigner" here is hilarious.
Brazilian housekeeper asked me which part of South America my wife was from.

I responded "half Visentine" (the cat-eating area of northern Italy), "half Swiss German" (Fischenthal ZH, 15km from my home town).

That shut her up.

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Re: A crappy day and possible racism

The morality of this story:

- Do not shop at Aldi. Cheap stuff, cheap people, cheap customers.
- You rightly were angry about your husband. Then so address it at the right address: YOUR HUSBAND.
- You were angry at yourself, because you did not succeed with your justified request. Well you are right, you should be. And see previous point.
- Do not address your anger about your husband, in first place, and your anger about yourself to anybody else!
- And rising the racist card in such self-constructed bad mood is indeed CHEAP. see first point.

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My crappy day started early with my husband telling me he wasn't able to drop our son at the day care after all and I would have to do that. That sucked cause I've been hosting a lot of guests mostly his family and I arranged for my son to be at the day care the whole day today so I could relax a bit.


It has been quite hot so I decided to wear my cotton kurta/pakistani shirt with leggings, cool and comfortable (or so I thought). In my hurry I managed to bang my forehead pretty bad with a piece of furniture, missed the bus and had to push a double stroller 20 mins uphill in the sun (so much for the relaxing part).


After dropping my son I decided to head to a neighboring town for some work. The buses in my area have a ticket terminal inside the bus where we buy our tickets however this particular bus only had a ticket machine next to the drivers seat.


As the bus was going on a curvy uphill road and I had a pushchair I waited for the bus to stop at the next station before asking the driver to issue me a ticket (im still in the same zone). The driver casually waved his hand pointing outside and then said to me in german "Sie müssen aussteigen und...oh Sie haben ein kinderwagen ok Ich kann dass schon machen" (my written german isnt good so minus the grammatical mistakes that is what he said).


There was a ticket terminal at one of the stations where he was stopping but that particular bus runs only once an hour and surely he couldnt have saved any time if I got off and bought a ticket neither could I have been expected to wait an hour for the next bus. Anyway still confused at his behaviour I decided to let it go.


Afterwards I decided to go to Landi and check some plants out where a swiss man approached me and said to me in German Are you a Punjabi? You are wearing a Punjabi shirt you know. You must be from pUnjab. I honestly thought that was quite rude but just smiled and said nein ich bin kein pUnjabi and moved on.


on my way out I bought a 9CHF swimming pool for children by INTEX and headed to Aldi. At the check out as I put down the stuff in the push chair and bent down to take out my wallet I heard the cashier say in a very loud voice "und was ist mit dem?" I looked at him puzzled and said mit was? he pointed to the swimming pool in the pushchairs basket and said mit dem. I told him I had just bought it in Landi to which he said sarcastically Are they selling the same brand as us?


Now that was absolutely ridiculous because every other shop is selling intex and I went through their stuff and they didn't have that particular one which I had bought. Then he demanded to see the receipt and after checking all he had to say was tip top danke.


They have detectors in their branch and even if he suspected he could have approached me separately instead of making a scene infront of everyone at the counter. I dont know if im just being sensitive because of the particularly crappy day ive been having or if everyone behaved the way they did because they thought im some lowlife/ausländer/thief.


Iv been living in Switzerland for 8 years and am absolutely shocked at how people reacted to me wearing something other than jeans or trousers. Had any of the events taken place separately I wouldnt have given it much thought. But three different people behaving like this within an hours time just cause I was wearing what they thought was a punjabi dress


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Ay yay yay.

What's happening here..from wonderful clothes to how cheap Aldi shoppers are, and apparently trully liberated chicks and extra paragraphs.

I wonder what another day will bring.
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You do look lovely! The picture Im attaching is the closest I found online to what I was wearing.
Lovely shirt, Masooma, and lovely colour.

I hope I can find something as pretty as this one. I also have a Chinese dress (I guess ii's called qipao over there but I'm not sure anymore) so I like these things.



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I don't know if my outfit is anything like yours, here is a pic of me in mine. wearing it to a wedding in Harrogate. It's a phone picture of a gloss photograph you can't see the neckline detail or the pattern or shimmer on the material, but it was so beautiful I loved it. My friend at work made it for me. I thought I looked awesome, I'm sure you look awesome too!
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My crappy day started early with my husband telling me he wasn't able to drop our son at the day care after all and I would have to do that. That sucked cause I've been hosting a lot of guests mostly his family and I arranged for my son to be at the day care the whole day today so I could relax a bit. It has been quite hot so I decided to wear my cotton kurta/pakistani shirt with leggings, cool and comfortable (or so I thought). In my hurry I managed to bang my forehead pretty bad with a piece of furniture, missed the bus and had to push a double stroller 20 mins uphill in the sun (so much for the relaxing part). After dropping my son I decided to head to a neighboring town for some work. The buses in my area have a ticket terminal inside the bus where we buy our tickets however this particular bus only had a ticket machine next to the drivers seat. As the bus was going on a curvy uphill road and I had a pushchair I waited for the bus to stop at the next station before asking the driver to issue me a ticket (im still in the same zone). The driver casually waved his hand pointing outside and then said to me in german "Sie müssen aussteigen und...oh Sie haben ein kinderwagen ok Ich kann dass schon machen" (my written german isnt good so minus the grammatical mistakes that is what he said). There was a ticket terminal at one of the stations where he was stopping but that particular bus runs only once an hour and surely he couldnt have saved any time if I got off and bought a ticket neither could I have been expected to wait an hour for the next bus. Anyway still confused at his behaviour I decided to let it go. Afterwards I decided to go to Landi and check some plants out where a swiss man approached me and said to me in German Are you a Punjabi? You are wearing a Punjabi shirt you know. You must be from pUnjab. I honestly thought that was quite rude but just smiled and said nein ich bin kein pUnjabi and moved on. on my way out I bought a 9CHF swimming pool for children by INTEX and headed to Aldi. At the check out as I put down the stuff in the push chair and bent down to take out my wallet I heard the cashier say in a very loud voice "und was ist mit dem?" I looked at him puzzled and said mit was? he pointed to the swimming pool in the pushchairs basket and said mit dem. I told him I had just bought it in Landi to which he said sarcastically Are they selling the same brand as us? Now that was absolutely ridiculous because every other shop is selling intex and I went through their stuff and they didn't have that particular one which I had bought. Then he demanded to see the receipt and after checking all he had to say was tip top danke. They have detectors in their branch and even if he suspected he could have approached me separately instead of making a scene infront of everyone at the counter. I dont know if im just being sensitive because of the particularly crappy day ive been having or if everyone behaved the way they did because they thought im some lowlife/ausländer/thief. Iv been living in Switzerland for 8 years and am absolutely shocked at how people reacted to me wearing something other that jeans or trousers. Had any of the events taken place separately I wouldnt have given it much thought. But three different people behaving like this within an hours time just cause I was wearing what they thought was a punjabi dress
You forgot to mention....nothing.


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Brazilian housekeeper asked me which part of South America my wife was from.

I responded "half Visentine" (the cat-eating area of northern Italy), "half Swiss German" (Fischenthal ZH, 15km from my home town).

That shut her up.

Tom

P.S. Wife does have some Spanish and Greek blood, albeit from the days when Treiste was still Austrian.
Why don't you braid her hair today? She will automatically become Heidi to some in our area. It is a risk one takes though (to be treated accordingly, in a somewhat bumkin way - people will start speaking slowly and louder to her, enunciate more, yodel a little, throw in some extra hand gestures...though the cat eating area probably ensures already a lot of hand gesticulation )


Anyways. I am wearing leggins today but no interesting top. Any ideas?

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I am wearing leggins today but no interesting top. Any ideas?
Go topless!

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