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Old 15.12.2005, 14:23
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Re: Are the swiss racist?

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My favourite encounter has been with my "landlady". She isn't really, but she has taken posession of the laundry schedule and I think it brings meaning and fullfillment into her life.

My boyfriend and I have a tendency not to use our alloted laundry slot, forgetting even to write a little note on the paper giving it free to others. She caught me in the hallway and started pestering me about it. She told me that even the black couple who lived in the building could manage to keep to the schedule.
I just stared at her and asked her to repeat what she said.

Ok, she's not the youngest .. but still ...
Exactly - she didn't even realise that there was anything wrong with that she said! Of course, since you aren't black, then you'd understand right? But the sub-text was that since they are black, they are likely to behave badly, and if they can behave then you have no excuse.

I've heard stories from many people (Swiss) that the younger ones in a block have got together and "voted" to abolish the laundry schedule in a block, preferring to go for the free-for-all approach. The older ones weren't happy - but were outvoted. Maybe if you can rustle up the support you do could spark a revolution and live your life without the constant stress of having to stick to your laundry schedule!