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The arrival of summer in Poland

The weather is warming up. Blue skies are now almost everyday. The temperature yestrday was 27c on my patio.

So two days ago I bought myself some new short-sleeve shirts and two pairs of loose linen shorts from my local Tesco superstore in Poland.

I liked the shorts so much I went back yesterday to buy another pair or two. The mistake I made was to wear the new shorts and shirt on this shopping trip to the same store.

Anyone guess what happened next ?

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yes ...

(i'm obviously presuming they weren't ripped from your body by someone who mistook you for Brad Pitt)

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Just "Yes"! That's no fun

And generally people mistake me for a bearded George Clooney. Either that or a bearded Wojciech Mann

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Were you accused of stealing the clothes

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Yes, almost. I went through the security thing near the checkouts after paying for my shopping and an alarm went off. A blockhead security guard who spoke no German or English and wearing a polyester suit then came over. Shoppers at nearby checkouts all looking at me as though I was a thief. He then led me and my shopping cart off to a room. There he and an equally retarded collegue of his passed a airport-style metal loop over my body for what seemed an age. They then procceded to physically check over the clothing and found a magnetic strip on the inside of the back pocket of the shorts. They then got me to pass through another security gate and the alarm went off again. There followed another period of thrisking physically and with the loop and they found another strip in aside another pocket. After a final check I was led to a side door and allowed to leave. An annoying experience all round. Especially as I've seen many people stealing from this very store.

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That's odd - why didn't the alarm go off when you originally bought the clothes?

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It didn't go off because they wave the items over some sort of magnetic field which temporarily disables the tags. And at our Tescos (so many of us are in Lubuski...) the end of the till where the scanned merchandise collects is beyond the security scanners. In otherwords, the cashier waves the item over the disabling pad and then hands it to the customer (who has gone through the security scanners) without the item having to go through the scanners. What happened to Hans is fairly frequent and seems to be a form of free theater for other shoppers: Indignant shoppers, pimply adolescent or geriatic guards on a mission, flashing lights, alarms, etc. Always an eyebrow-raiser. Sorry it happened to you, Hans. I hope they were gentle...

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One forgets how long these devices have been around. Over thirty years ago I had a class-mate who was rather adept at removing such items from merchandise and then concealing them in store personnel’s apparel; reverse pick-pocketing if you will.

I wonder if he ever put his talents to good.

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It has arrived? Where is it? Certainly not in my neck of the woods.

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After days of temperatures of around 30 degrees, today it is gray and wet. Super