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The true horror stories in modern Paris Part 25

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Discrimination takes all kinds of forms, but basically it is the ultimate means of survival through choosing easy weak preys.  Predators leave the rich alone and prefer to take from the poor what few they possess because the rich would put up a fierce defense while the poor cannot afford lawyers.  Fortunately for the bullies, there are more of the weak than the rich and powerful.  The principle of low interest sales is feasible in every field. My landlord was a senior French lady and  I shall refer to her as ‘Mme. Landlord.’  y Mr. Pride ignored her requests to share his plan for the restaurant, for an instance, what electric appliances he intended to install, etc.  Mr. Pride even had the nerve to jeer at the fine lady that she knew the restaurant was there when she purchased her apartment.  It was too bad that Mme. Landlord’s tenants would go mad from the noise and that the value of Mme. Landlord’s property would depreciate significantly.  That is the price one pays for being stu

The true horror stories in modern Paris Part 24

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I cannot describe the physical appearance of Mr. Pride and Mme. Empathy in this true story.  I have had to modify minor details of the situation so as to hide their identity, but this I can say.  They would look at you as their preys and the air around you feel heavier.  Out of fear you feel compelled to please them as they chat you up as if you are special.  But the moment you contradict them, their eyes widen up with a fierce glare, I later learnt. The restaurant needs a ventilator, a huge one that emits non-stop loud noise.  The chefs would find it loud also but the air gets sucked into the ventilator, and then vibrates up the extracting pipe.  The chefs are not exposed to the vibration that travels upwards, but it is the residents upstairs who get hit with the full force of it.  Therefore, restaurant owners with conscience would install the extractor on their sidewall.  I have seen one in this bistro near Pont Mirabeau.  It was run by an honest looking man and his wife.  O

The true horror stories in modern Paris Part 23

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Needless to say our Madame Empathy does not give a toss about other people.  She just wanted to have fun without paying a price for it.  Why not?  Men had indulged her for her looks and seduction all her life.  Keeping to the rules was for fools and ugly women who could not hope to manipulate men.  That was the reputation which had preceded her, but the truth was she did not care for the life of others either.     In the historical part of Paris, the buildings are made of natural material, not cement or modern stuff.  Thus the authority PASU regulates so that restaurants do not install electric appliances of capacity higher than 20K in the old residential buildings.  Otherwise the noise would be too loud and generate excess electromagnetics.  Long exposure to this electric wave would cause cancer, so it has been discovered.  ‘But I won’t live in the building, so I will be safe’ thought Madame Empathy.  She had already chosen a HUGE shiny commercial refrigerator.  Nothing but the b

The true horror stories in modern Paris Part 22

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Despite the national motto ‘equality’, France is surprisingly a polarized society.  On one side is a small group of incredibly rich elites enjoying absolute dominancy over those on the other side who are financially oppressed.  There are decent French people who uphold morality…and yet there is also a culture that hails cheating as being cool.   The system has made it easy for those cheaters too.  For instance every new restaurant must seek permission from the Council and an organization called PASU.   Insulation of the premises is mandatory so as not to deteriorate the quality of life of the other residents of the buildings.  However, the authorities do not conduct follow-up inspection to check if the restaurant has indeed carried out all that was claimed in their application for the permit.  ‘Great’, thought our Mme. Empathy.  Insulation costs a lot in Paris and she would much prefer to spend more money on the d├ęcor of her new restaurant where she would reign like a Queen. H

The true horror stories in modern Paris Part 21

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Whew, I have survived the devil, or at least it appears so for now.  So without ado I shall resume where I left off.  It has been too long. Some people have a knack of sniffing out misfortune in others.  So there they were, Mr. Pride and Mrs. Empathy, standing in front of an old shop whose previous owner had run himself into a deep debt for the reason I cannot tell you because I have to be careful when recounting a true story.  The closest I can get is that the reason was very French in this city of love…or lust seems more like it.  The pair dreamt of running an upscale restaurant though neither had no knowledge on restaurant business.  Mrs. Empathy insists she is an expert which is some exceedingly optimistic view considering she had run every eatery she had ever managed down into the ground, but in Paris there are always people who would pay good money for the license to operate a restaurant.  With the real estate price going up every year in Paris, any debt Mrs. Empathy inc

The true horror stories in modern Paris Part 20

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I am drained, I am fighting palpation.  The new true horror story in the modern Paris is difficult for me to write because I am still living the nightmare.  It is not over after 6 months and the perpetrator is gaining the ground.  Because it is true I have to alter some aspects so as not to be sued for the invasion of privacy.  However, I am so weaken, mentally and physically, that I am not up to the task. A few neighbors have left because of this restaurant from hell.   And yet the owner who is charming to the celebrities, but shamelessly cruel to ordinary folks, is enjoying parties every night while ripping the tourists off during the day in the middle of the historic Marais.  She is a racist, of course, but the Chinese guests who hold celebration gatherings do not know the corners have been cut off from their food and drinks.   She has pulled a few strings to get the restaurant on even the Tripadvisor.  The first review was an obvious set-up, but the second one complained of thei

The true horror stories in modern Paris Part 19

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There is a police station on the island of Cite in the middle of historical Paris.  It is where the world renowned La Notre Dame Cathedral is crowned.  The price of real estate of this island is literally ‘Priceless.’  And yet, behind the cathedral stands this police station (not to be confused with the prefecture de police on the other side of the Cathedral).  From the point of views of any real estate agents, it is a massive waste of potential, but…the history of this tiny area is too horrendous that may even have defeated human greed and vanity.  Now that does not happen normally, but this is Paris. What I am about to share here, I must admit I have seen only two sources: Wikipedia and the news site LOCAL.  However, I could not find any other credible explanation for this peculiar situation of this tiny spot behind the altar of God.   There once operated this butcher who offered cheap accommodation to the tourists.    The accommodation in Paris must have always been exp