UTA_flyinghigh From Tunisia, joined Oct 2001, 6495 posts, RR: 48 Posted (10 years 11 months 2 weeks 5 days 14 hours ago) and read 4455 times:
This Saturday being a sunny one, I decided as usual to go play a few hoops in the inner city. Only I decided to take my French-plated Astrhaa instead of the Dublin-plated Crhaapmobile (in broad daylight).
Upon returning to my "Tango Mike", I found it was missing the hubcaps, one rear-view mirror and the rear plate (why always the rear ?!?).
Earlier that same Astrhaa had suffered the indignity of a smashed window and stolen rear plate.
Now if I leave the Crhaapmobile in the same neighborhood, nothing happens.
Upon discussing the matter with my cow-orkers it apperas that foreign-plated cars are often vandalized for no reason on Dublin streets.
Does this also happen in your city/country ?
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JGPH1A From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (10 years 11 months 2 weeks 5 days 13 hours ago) and read 4436 times:
It's not so much xenophobia down this end of Elbonia, as Paris-phobia. People with non-06 plates tend to get vandalised more than 06 plates, although a 06 plate is no guarantee of immunity. 75 plates tend to get it worse though (serves them right !)
LH423 From Canada, joined Jul 1999, 6501 posts, RR: 53
Reply 4, posted (10 years 11 months 2 weeks 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 4325 times:
It happened to me in Montréal. My car with MA plates had a window broken and the contents of the centre console thrown about. Luckily nothing was stolen as we absent-mindedly left my friend's mobile phone and our gas money in the car.
It was the only car on the block with any problem. Thankfully the responsible people were nice and only broke the small part of the back seat window and therefore we were able to fit some cardboard into the window and able to drive home through the Québécois winter in comfort.
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Sometimes, just what part of the city . . . . there are places in this city I wouldn't leave my truck parked for 30 seconds . . . . someone would have it parted out . . . . and I have local license plates . . . .
Caribb From Canada, joined Nov 1999, 1649 posts, RR: 7
Reply 10, posted (10 years 11 months 2 weeks 5 days ago) and read 4211 times:
Quoting DIJKKIJK (Reply 3): But that could be because most of the dumb foreigners don't know how to park correctly
It could also be because most of the dumb foreigners can read words with 50 letters in them with everything from three a's in a row, a half dozen J's a few K's to throw you off plus the mandatory v's; and then blend the whole wordy thing into the next word, uh sentence, uh... who knows.... LOL hell they won't be able to read the parking ticket anyways and play dumb when the parking police speaks to them in English...
JGPH1A From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 12, posted (10 years 11 months 2 weeks 4 days 19 hours ago) and read 4161 times:
Quoting ConcordeBoy (Reply 5): those areas lacking significant international influence/exposure/patronage tend to be more xenophobic than those which don't.
I wonder if that's always true, though - in the US especially. I've travelled through some pre-tty rural necks of the woods (Smokey Mountains WV, Eastern NC, South GA/Northern FL, Southern LA, Western NB, Southern/Eastern WY, ND, Central ME, and never encountered anything but the most charming courtesy and friendliness from the locals. Never, not once, did I feel unwelcome or even uncomfortable. And I must have heard "Ah LURVV yeurr ac-seyent !" about a million times - it's mutual, trust me.
Catatonic From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2004, 1155 posts, RR: 3
Reply 16, posted (10 years 11 months 2 weeks 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 4145 times:
I get a lot of stick for being Welsh here in England. I dont have a particularly strong accent but its enough to notice I am not English. I get called 'foreign' and jokingly told to speak proper English when talking (thats because I live in a part of England where they are very slack jawed). I pity the fools, who wants to be English anyway???