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Romanians go Carphone Warehouse 27/04/2013

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My Samsung dumbphone is playing up. There is no other option: I’m going to have to grit my teeth and return it to the Carphone Warehouse. This fills me with dread, because:

1) Visiting the Carphone Warehouse is like stepping inside a really bad episode of the Apprentice.

2) It’s Sunday, and on Sundays, every Romanian in Kingsbury and his mate decide to go to the Carphone Warehouse.

He’ll buy a smartphone, he’ll buy insurance for his smartphone, he’ll buy a non-smartphone so that he doesn’t risk damaging his smartphone down on the building site where he works, he’ll buy insurance for his non-smartphone. (Why? You bought that second phone, so that you could break it!) He might even buy a widescreen LED TV.

For the wannabe-Apprentice staff at the Carphone Warehouse, this is a goldmine. Carphone Warehouse: “Two-year contract, very expensive!”

Romanian: “Yes, yes, yes, yes, yes…”

Carphone Warehouse: “Do you want to buy insurance for your new phone?”

Romanian: “Yes, yes, yes, yes, yes…”

Carphone Warehouse: “Three-year contract, very, very expensive…”

If I can say one thing with this blog post, it would be this: never buy insurance from the Carphone Warehouse, it’s a rip-off.

<strong>Update autumn 2013: Kingsbury Carphone Warehouse now has a Romanian salesman. His name is Sergiu.

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Asian-Romanian Cooperation 01/07/2012

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I didn’t think it would be this way. In my naivety, I thought that when Romanians started to arrive en masse in the UK, they would form alliances with British Asians. It would go something like this.
Romanian new arrival: “English f*cking sucks!”
British Asian: “I know, brother, we have been saying this for more than 50 years.” More about Asian-Romanian Cooperation in North West London