Chinese shop signs covered by cops... Italy like (once) South Africa?
Yesterday in Prato (near Florence), a decree was issued by the maire, ordering to hide all shop signs where "italian language is not prevailing". Policemen hastened to cover all shop signs in chinese by means of black rubbish bags, and heavily fined the unlucky shopkeepers.
I find it simply appalling.. and you?
[ I mean: of course, in all Italy signs as "American bar" or "coiffeur pour dame" or "boutique de Paris" or "Doner kebab" are ... thousands! And they always have been there (for decades, without ever been fined or removed).
Therefore, this action is a clear attack against chinese people, who committed the unforgivable "crime" to offer average quality goods (particularly clothes, just in Prato, the italian capital of textiles) at really LOW prices.
I feel and express the highest esteem for those sober hard-working people, who (generally speaking) don't live above their means as many of us do here, in the country of occult monopolies, agreements under the table, legalized usury, sly trusts (e.g. banks, insurances), speed limits at 60 km/h in wide and straight motorways (just to bleed your bucks ^ ^), and such...
Chinese (of course not everyone, ok) appear to belong to the few people who really work here, and "earn their daily loaf with the sweat of their brow" (as my grandad used to say). This way they're defying our "unwritten rules", the easygoing comfortable life led by our own lazy short-sighted shopkeepers, always trying to sell their goods before buying them... ]
- lestermountLv 71 decade agoFavourite answer
Years ago France outlawed use of non French words. It seems some want to live in the past and outlawing speech and words is a farce.
Today the world is a very small place and every country uses words from other countries, to fear the use of foreign words is like sticking your head in the sand to make the world go away.
- 1 decade ago
Italy is having a very hard time at the moment trying to understand and deal with the change that has recently hit their country since the late 1990s which is the arrival of small numbers immigrants with their own langauges and cultures. Anyway... it should be sensible for the shops to have a little italian so locals can understand what is being sold their!?!
- hunsakerLv 44 years ago
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