My bicycle repairs shop is great. It’s a father & son business, the real old-fashioned thing. They charge very little, they fix everything and it’s almost always done by the end of the day. My bike always seems to come out better in small ways, ways I didn’t even know could be improved. They’ve always been so friendly to me, they have a nice chat, ask about my family. The shop is dirty in that romantic-old-bike-shop way.
And now I can’t go there anymore. Because they’re racists.
And because it was my BIL who witnessed the incident, I need to work out a way of letting them know. Because otherwise there isn’t really a point to not going there anymore. Then I need to find a new place, which sucks because I hate all other bike shops. They’re always rubbish, they’re misogynists, they take too long, they overcharge and refuse to do small things like fix punctures.
And then I suppose I’ll need to find a way of fixing this horrendous tide of xenophobia that is sweeping Europe, because there are only so many tradespeople, not to mention that it’s disgusting.
Uuugh. Are there other reasons you ever had to stop patronising a certain place, despite them always delivering good work? Have you ever stopped giving someone your business because they were racists? And do you have a tip for how I can let them know why I will no longer be going there?