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Ridiculed or praised.

ANYBODY who reads the GDN would get the idea that there are two groups of expats living in Bahrain - one, which is always "whining" about the treatment meted out to them by the locals and the other, which has always tasted their "warm hospitality" and, therefore, always have praise for them.

One group is shouted at and ridiculed on the road, if they have an accident with the locals; the other is actually invited home for tea after the same situation!

One group is always told to go home if they don't like it here; the other gets sympathy for their problems.

What amuses me is that both groups are here because they are earning better than in their own countries. And yet, one group faces the brunt of the locals and the other gets all the accolades of nation building.

I just cannot stop myself from stating this incident though I might be told to leave if I can't take it, but I will take the risk.

I am a regular shopper at a supermarket in Zinj because I stay in Mahooz (not because I love to shop there!).

On a regular basis, I have clearly been discriminated. The boys there will serve the person in front of me at the counter and then move to another counter when it comes to my turn.

Needless to say that the person in front of me is a Caucasian and belongs to one group and I to the other.

He would go ga-ga about the helpful nature of these boys whereas I would have nothing nice to say about them.

My group is very clearly not welcome in outlets like this and we are not supposed to complain about it.

On the other hand, go to another mall and you will see that both groups are welcomed with open arms. If the first says anything in their defence, it would just be trying to defend the indefensible.

Give me a hidden camera and I will show you what happens in these outlets. All the more amusing since our group actually pays the same price for a product that the other group does.


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Publication:Gulf Daily News (Manama, Bahrain)
Date:Oct 22, 2008
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