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24 Chasa - Bulgaria | Monday, March 16, 2015

Despair in Bulgarian bread sections

Nine out of ten customers at a supermarket in Sofia take fresh bread rolls from a self-service counter with their bare hands, author Elin Rahnev observes in the daily newspaper 24 Chasa, seeing this as a metaphor for the state of Bulgarian society: "A woman reaches into the bread container, presses five or six bread rolls with her bare fingers and then continues her shopping. They mustn't have been warm enough for her. ... Sniffing and coughing, a man bends over the croissants and I think of all the poor people who will come after him and all the diseases they could catch. I observe the situation as if rooted to the spot. Of ten people only one young girl takes the tongs, and I think to myself: that's a terrible result. ... If this is the way we behave we'll keep treading water eternally and moaning about how bad things are in Bulgaria, how the state is good for nothing and so on. But we are the state, and as long as we rummage around in the bread basket with our dirty fingernails without any consideration for others, we can't expect anything from the state."

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