Monday, December 24, 2007

Schaerbeeck looting

Wandered down to my local Turkish corner shop last night to pick up that local staple, the spit-roast chicken, and witnessed what I can only describe as a looting. Mehmet, the storekeeper came out to unhook the fowl from the roaster, and as he was concentrating on his efforts to serve me a small fleet of six gypsy women slipped into the shop.

Each was about five foot tall and four foot wide and swathed in velvet drapes, sequined scarves and those elderly dun coloured coats. Mehmet looked up, made a noise of apology and shot back into the shop. I followed him in to see an extraordinary scene.

Mehmet’s 15 year old son had been cornered by two of the women who were rattling imprecations and complaints at him; whilst the other four had split up. Each pair worked as a team as one had a large grey-pink plastic washing bowls, already overflowing like gutter cornucopia, whilst the other shoveled in tins, and plastic oddments.

Mehmet stood, blocking the door and called out,

“So you are going to pay for all that?”
Instantly the four without bowls turned on him and crowding him poured forth a torrent of invective. Meanwhile the two with bowls dumped the spoils on the floor behind a great heap of figs and dates and, as if at a command all six swept out of the shop acting in concert like a Spithead review.

As Mehmet stood their breathing deeply I noted that the whole thing had taken less than two minutes.

Interestingly, when he had caught his breath and calmed down his son he blamed EU enlargement for the problem. “When it was just France, Germany, Belgium Holland, there were no problems, but now it happens all the time”, he told me. “We should never have let the Bulgarians and Romanians in, all those Roma, its impossible to run a business these days”.


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Daphne Wayne-Bough said...

Well it is Christmas. Now what are they going to roast their hedgehog in?

Merry Yuletide to you, Honey and the little 'uns and look forward to joining you for a wassail cup in the New year.

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Concentration camps might help.

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Daphne Wayne-Bough said...

Oh Christ, old testament prophets now. I don't think I'll come on this blog again, it's a nutter magnet.

The gipsies did try looting Stonemanor but they were told to form a single line.

Elaib Harvey said...

Daffers, see you soon, but did you ever think anything else (and did he spell that righ?)