Nation of Shopkeepers

The other day I was talking to a person who works as a shop assistant in a small town in Northern Ireland. She told me that those who work in the shop are asked by the management to make sure they are especially vigilant around foreigners, Eastern Europeans in particular. In a moment of sublime ignorance, one of the managers -whose favoured mode of vigilance is to stand glowering in silence at all non-locals who enter- complained to her the other day that Eastern Europeans were very unfriendly, because they never bothered to say hello on entering the shop.

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