Today a news report written in Hungarian was trending in immigrant groups on Facebook and everyone was revolted about how a woman was treated in London by locals.
A Hungarian woman, who has been living in the UK for the past 5 years recently decided to write a letter to the Hungarian Hír24 news portal in Hungary in which she stated:
"I have been living in the UK for the past 5 years with my other half, our son was born here. We never faced any sort of open discrimination just because we were not British. Until today.
The incident happened at the cash register in a convenience store in the city, where my 10 month old son and myself go to shop every day. I tried to pay with my bank card, but because of some technical difficulties, the machine stated that the bank is denying the transaction, even though my account had money in it and the card was still active.
I tried re-entering my Pin number, during which a rather long queue formed behind me and a man wearing a suit, who seemed to be the most impatient, started commenting aloud: "They must have not gotten the benefits yet! These immigrants are all living off of benefits. They come here and spread diseases. They all have AIDS. Them and their children as well..."
There was an old woman standing behind the man, nodding in agreement but after a little while, she joined in saying: "Immigrants are all rats, sick rats, they need to be sent back to their own countries, because this is England..." and they jointly continued to trash talk me.
By that point I tried to enter my pin for the 3rd time, with a shaking hand because I didn't have any cash with me, but I wasn't successful. My son sitting in the stroller didn't understand why the man behind us was shouting and I could see, that he was about to start crying, as I, myself struggled to keep the tears afloat. In the end I remembered that I also had my Hungarian bank card on me and payed with that one.
All of this must have lasted for about 10 minutes and during this time, no one came to our defense. They didn't ask for security or call the police. There were about 15 people around me, who listened to them saying that we were sick immigrant rats, who should go home without saying a thing. The question is, why didn't they intervene? The cashier was Indian and the person stalking the shelves was Polish..."
Considering the debates and campaigning that has been going on over the past few months and the way in which immigrants were publicly shamed for being such by members of influential members of Parliament and political figures, is it really surprising that people on the streets are starting to think the same way? #Workforce #Immigration