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A crappy day and possible racism

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

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Re: A crappy day and possible rascism

So what was racist exactly? Based on your story I couldn't detect it.
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So what was racist exactly? Based on your story I couldn't detect it.
The color of the bus was white.
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Old 14.07.2015, 21:08
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So what was racist exactly? Based on your story I couldn't detect it.
It was definitely paragraphist, so I didn't read it as I support paragraphs' rights.
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Old 14.07.2015, 21:43
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Re: A crappy day and possible racism

I would opt for paragraphs, myself. Much more comfortable reading, regardless of the sun
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Re: A crappy day and possible racism

Fairly obvious you should wear something else tomorrow.
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Old 14.07.2015, 21:50
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I would opt for paragraphs, myself. Much more comfortable reading, regardless of the sun
And line spacing.

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Old 14.07.2015, 21:51
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Re: A crappy day and possible racism

If you don't break up your posts with line breaks, it's very hard to read.

Doesn't sound like racism to me - just normal events in Switzerland. In fact the bus driver sounded like he was actually being helpful, so I'm not quite sure what your worry is there.

I hope you have a better day tomorrow.
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Old 14.07.2015, 22:00
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Re: A crappy day and possible racism

I always hold onto my receipts when I do multiple shopping stops. Alternatively, some shops offer stickers at the customer service which they glue on your items purchased at other stores. No stress then.

Tomorrow will be a better day.
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Old 14.07.2015, 22:08
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Re: A crappy day and possible racism

It is hot our there and life is tough for some of us in the heat.

A couple of years ago, bought a jacket in shop on excellent sale price.

Week or two later back in same shop, walked in wearing the jacket. We found the same jackets had been yet again reduced, but not in my size. We decided at such a bargain to buy another in the other size for friend.

At the cash till with the other items, the cashier pointed to my jacket and wanted us to pay for it. Then we explained we got before that day & my size not in stock & showed the size label.

When I got home found the receipt and put in one of the pockets for going forward.

That shop has got less and less of our business over the years.
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Old 14.07.2015, 22:14
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Re: A crappy day and possible racism

I am sorry you had a crappy day, sounds like you were quite unfortunate but some days are like this: it wasn't necessarily racism (these things could happen to anyone of us, I think) but for sure you were unlucky that everything happened on the same day. Tomorrow can only be better!
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Re: A crappy day and possible racism

Playing the racism card in a thread title gets you a groan. Especially as you can only suggest "potential racism", if you aren't exactly sure, then are we meant to have a collective vote and see if we feel insulted on your behalf?

Felt some empathy towards your other stuff though. Tough Tuesdays are right up there with Manic Mondays.

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I always hold onto my receipts when I do multiple shopping stops. Alternatively, some shops offer stickers at the customer service which they glue on your items purchased at other stores. No stress then.

Tomorrow will be a better day.
Or you can just temporarily drop the shoppings you've made somewhere else at the custom service, in exchange for a receipt/number. Then you can relax and feel free to buy even more unnecessary stuff....
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Re: A crappy day and possible racism

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.
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Old 14.07.2015, 22:41
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My crappy day started early with my husband telling me he wasn't able to d 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.
Maybe he visited the place in the past and was happy he could recognise something/someone from there. (even if he was wrong)

I approached someone wearing a female blouse from my country because I was curious and liked the stuff. It turned out she was a lovely lady from Poland, who also really loved that stuff. Now you've got me unsettled: I hope she didn't think I was a....racist.
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Re: A crappy day and possible racism

Rough translations of the German text:

"Sie müssen aussteigen und...oh Sie haben ein kinderwagen ok Ich kann dass schon machen" - You need to exit the bus to buy a ticket, oh wait I see you have a stroller so I guess I can help you/let it go.

"nein ich bin kein pUnjabi" - No, I am not Punjabi

"und was ist mit dem?" - And what is with that (the swimming pool in the pushchair)

"mit was?" - with what?

"tip top danke" - It's fine, thanks (for showing the receipt).
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Old 14.07.2015, 22:46
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Re: A crappy day and possible racism

Dear Masooma, sorry you encountered rudeness. You made me excited about wearing the clothes you mentioned, I will check it out.

(Maybe your day can get a little better, check out the beautiful visual poetry I've been feasting on, Karolin Klüppel - Mädchenland)
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Old 14.07.2015, 22:48
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dear masooma, sorry you encountered rudeness. you made me excited about wearing the clothes you mentioned, i will check it out.
+1.

Btw OP, could you please post a picture with something similar? I'm serious when I say I'd like to wear it.
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Old 14.07.2015, 22:54
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Sincerely hope husband doesn't get any dinner tonight.
Just a note saying "Dinner is in the dog, your slippers are in the oven*".



* It's a hot day. On cold days, leave them in the freezer.
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Or you can just temporarily drop the shoppings you've made somewhere else at the custom service, in exchange for a receipt/number. Then you can relax and feel free to buy even more unnecessary stuff....
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".
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