Wednesday, 1 February 2012

That Special Smell

crazy armpit-smelling friendsSome statistics on the process of our application to rent our next home:
  • Overall, we have formally applied to six different properties.
  • With each property we submitted two applications in conjunction, the first with my name and the second with my wife’s.
  • As you can tell, I have a "bloody foreigner" sounding name; my wife’s name is a proper Anglo one.
  • With those six applications we've made, five estate agents bothered to call us back.
  • Of those five that called us back, four called my wife’s number.
  • The only real estate agency that called me happened to be located in the area where most of Melbourne's Jews are concentrated.
That whiff of racism in the Australian air, it’s always there.

Image by jekert gwapo, Creative Commons license

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