Friday, January 13, 2012

She had a point, you know. 

Okay, this story has been playing on my mind just a little. Much was said about Teresa Gambaro, the Australian MP who said that new arrivals needed to be taught about "what are norms in Australia", which also included how to queue properly. "Without trying to be offensive, we are talking about hygiene and what is an acceptable norm in this country when you are working closely with other co-workers. You hear reports of people using public transport (without deodorant) and I think Australian residents are guilty of this too. I think we all need to be mindful of our fellow traveller." Within hours of the interview, her Wikipedia entry had been edited by an unknown person to show her profession as "armpit sniffer" and her religion as "orderly queueing".

Teresa's comments rang a bell with me, I have noticed in my day job as a coach driver working for the nationwide company here in the UK, that many immigrant passengers smell strongly of body odour and would not queue but stampede the coach. I can't offer any supporting news stories about bad smelling foreign passengers but sadly I can draw your attention to black people's reluctance to queue .

A woman had been crushed to death in a stampede for places at a South African university. Thousands of young South Africans and their parents had camped out for 24 hours at the University of Johannesburg to seek its precious remaining slots. A melee broke out at about 7.30am. Ihron Rensburg, the university's vice-chancellor, said: "When we opened the gates this morning, we had this unfortunate, this very sad situation, where there was simply an unbearable crush on the front entrance, or front gate." A mother who had accompanied her son to the campus was killed, he said. "The situation was particularly tragic as the young man was inside the registration tent and had no idea that this had happened." Three other people were critically injured and nearly 20 others hurt. Witnesses told how the gate broke and people tried to clamber over the fence. Desmond Mlangu, a prospective student, said he witnessed a "traumatising" scene, with women screaming and people continuing to push. Hours later, shoes, camping chairs and other detritus was strewn across the site.

Teresa Gambaro has got a lot of stick over her comments in that interview but I do think that she had a point though. I can get over the smell of these immigrant passengers, it does not bother me that much. When you smell an earthy woman it does get you thinking down below! What I really dislike is their reluctance to queue as they stampede towards you with their cheap plastic bags.

I agree wholeheartedly Steve, spot on
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