Three Stories on Racism
“You are such a rassist, you polish foreigner you!”
At work, i require the ID data if i make a payment for a customer. The customer goes to a bank, the bank calls me, and i ask for the ID data. no faxing, just adding the ID number etc. into my programm.
So, a customer went to a bank and wanted to receive money. Thats good.
I asked the bank colleague for the ID data of the customer. He asked the woman for her passport. She got totally mad and asked why the heck we need her ID? The bank colleague didnt want to get into a fight and let the woman talk to me on the phone.
“I need your ID data, cause its a requirement of the system.”
“You are only asking for my ID cause i am a foreigner!”
“No, i ask for the ID of everyone. No matter what nationality they have.”
“No, i dont.”
“You are a racist!”
“A fucking racistt! last time i didnt need an ID.”
So i am obviously a racist because i ask for the ID. I dont give a flying fuck if you are austrian, or mongolian, or from djibouti. I need the ID. Otherwise the program will block me and i wont be able to do anything with the money.
Since when did it became trendy to call someone a racist? I really dont know. Sometimes i would so love to tell the customers what i think if they are going all nuts about an ID. I need an ID as well. Everyone needs one.
The other time, someone called me cause they fucked up something with a currency. I asked them which currency they would like to have paid out. “Well, according to your last name you’re not austrian. In Austria, you know, we are using Euros.” Wow. I so didnt know that! Well, dammit! My answer: “I am astonished by your ability to judge if i am austrian or not, but you are right, my last name is polish. But if you have issues with that, i am sure i can find a typical Aryan to make sure that everything will be done in the correct austrian way.”
That got me into a little bit of trouble. I didnt care. Sometimes it is just too much. .
“Silence at the airport”
My mother told me a nice story about a colleague of hers. Like always, if i havent been there myself and witnessed it, i cannot guarantee you that everything happened exactly this way. But i trust my mother, and i hope she trusts the sanity of her colleague.
So, this colleague went to the Viennese Airport and got himself a “Schnitzel” at the local restaurant. If you know the airport, there is one restaurant where you need to get your meal from the counter. He put the Schnitzel on a table, and realised he forgot the fork and knife. He went back to the counter, got his instruments and went back to the table. At the table, an african young man sat and ate his Schnitzel. With a mumbled “What the fuck?” he sat down, staring at the young man eating his meal. Knowing his flight would leave really soon, he just calmed down, without saying a word, and ate too. The same Schnitzel. After the Schnitzel was gone, the stranger got up and got a dessert. He put it on the table and moved it into the middle. Both ate the dessert. Without saying a word.
Now, the dessert was eaten, and the stranger got up and left. The colleague as well, and then (now its getting interesting) realised that he didnt sit down at his table. His Schnitzel was untouched and lonely at a table in the other corner. He ate the Schnitzel and Dessert of the stranger.
The moral? Figure it out for yourself, yesyes?
EDIT: this story has obviously been published in a newspaper, and most likely did not happen to this colleague. i am so going to call that bastard..
“Conspiracy versus Truth”
I read an article about the Flex here
According to Zara, the Flex staff refused africans the entry to the club.
There have been a couple of emails to Zara claiming that the bouncers of the Flex didnt let them in, because they are black. Zara contacted the Flex owner Thomas Eller and asked him why his bouncers are acting like racists. His answer: The flex is sieged with drug dealers.
When he got asked why turkish and african people are refused to get in, he simply calls this statement stupid and said that there are many black people in the Flex.
You can read a statement of Zara here. (It’s a .pfd file and written in german)
Eller said that the people that didnt get in have been known as drug dealers. According to Zara its racist to say that every african man/woman is a drug dealer.
If you read the comments on the Standard article, the Flex has been known as a rather left winged club. I cant really say if thats true, cause the last time i have been there was something anno 2000.