I bought an old Singer sewing machine at a Berlin, Germany flea market and found a Singer store near to where I lived where I planned to purchase parts to get my machine humming. The salesperson seemed reluctant to help but did open a few drawers looking for the parts I needed. When she said she couldn't help me, I told her I saw a couple of parts I could use in one of the drawers. She said I was mistaken and since I would find nothing to buy in her store, I should leave. She said there was a another Singer store across town that may help me. I'm white and my wife is German. This incident wasn't racial discrimination, but does demonstrate how sales attitudes differ among different cultures. I expierenced two additional issues while in Berlin. Not all bad manners are racially motivated.
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