So self and *A* were shopping at the local Indian grocery store. When we shop we
prefer using cloth shopping bags that we have. It’s the whole reduce/reuse/recycle thing. So as the store clerk finishes ringing up our stuff, we started putting our purchases away
in our bags and then on to the cart. We usually leave the cart in its place near the entrance. There was another woman in her 50s behind us, she appeared to be Indian too.
She asks *A* “Do you folks need a ride home?”
*A* who is always sweet replies with one of her charming smiles “No, thanks we have our car”.
The woman says “Oh, ok I thought you might need a ride since I saw you using cloth shopping bags”.
*A* .. “Well thanks for your offer but we are fine”.
As we left the store we were both smiling about it. I mean it was sweet of the woman to ask if we needed a ride home, but we found it amusing that merely using cloth shopping bags for shopping
put us in some “category” in her mind. I don’t know about you folks, but I have seen a few people here do their shopping using cloth shopping bags instead of using the plastic bags that stores provide.
Don Viti wrote about this horrible episode where a woman in Wilmington (of Indian origin.. last name Patel) we arrested for scalding her 3 year old daughters feet in the shower tub
with scalding water as a form of punishment. This was reported in our local newspaper The News Journal. On their web site it also happened to be one of the top stories that had comments
on them. So I read some of these comments, and while the woman is rightfully condemned by a lot of people. I found a lot of the comments just plain stupid, ignorant and if I might say somewhat racist. To be fair some of the other comments did say that her actions had nothing to
do with her being Indian. But on the whole I am not surprised, some samples below. More here
by: atiberi02- Sun Dec 10, 2006 7:50 am
Has this psycho mother
forgot that in her culture husbands can burn their wives becasue they are
considered property rather than family and get away with it so she should be
This may be tolerated in India
(I'm assuming with that name she is Indian). It may have been the way she was
punished. We should educate people on proper punishments for children and whats
too far. This was way too far though..she should be boiled alive.
that poor child and the mother's bail in only
$10,000! what was this judge thinking? lets torture
her and see how she
JIGNISHA, OFFICIALS SHOULD
PUT U UNDER
THE JAIL. YOU ARE THE MOTHER, IF YOU DIDN'T WANT THAT BABY,
CONTACTED PEOPLE LIKE ME, JUST GIVE HER 2 ME, I'LL TAKE GOOD
CARE OF HER,
YOU WOULD NEVER SEE HER AGAIN. LET US PUT YOU N BOILING HOT
YOU'VE REALLY MADE US ANGRY.
Let her go back to India where she belongs! You
know how I feel about some
foreigners; some of them don't belong here; I
would just love to chase them out
of this country
kachoo, you are an ignoramus...child abuse knows no
racial boundaries. All Americans are either
foreigners or descendents of
them. Bigoted cowards like you who spew this kind of crap and then cry "freedom
of speech" are what's wrong with our country right now. With freedom comes
responsibility. At any rate, I don't know how a mother can do something like
this to her child...I
hope she doesn't see the light of day until that poor
little girl is all grown up.