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The Czech Mentality In Action

In Czechs on December 26, 2007 by Petr Bokuvka

Today I went to a fitness slash wellness center that is located in a hotel but does not belong to the hotel. The hotel itself is closed for the holidays and it opens tomorrow.

It is 12:40 p.m. and the wellness opens at 1 p.m. I am trying to enter the hotel lobby. Sorry, the hotel is closed and the wellness center opens in twenty minutes, the receptionist says. She has to guard the empty hotel.

It is fifteen below Celsius outside. Can I wait here in the lobby until the wellness center opens? I ask. The door to the center is about twenty feet away.

No can do, the lady replies. We are closed. You could wait in the front office of the wellness center, if they let you in.

I step outside and I spend the next twenty minutes outside the front entrance in freezing-cold weather, while the lady gets back to doing nothing in an empty lobby of an empty hotel…

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