Harrods Protesters Block Entrances During Staff Tips Demo

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potrokin
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Jan 7 2017 22:47
Harrods Protesters Block Entrances During Staff Tips Demo

https://www.theguardian.com/business/2017/jan/07/harrods-protest-service-charges-tips-united-voices-of-the-world

Noticed this in the news tonight.

wojtek
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Jan 9 2017 13:48

Why is Harrods considered quintessentially British?

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Steven.
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Jan 9 2017 14:58
wojtek wrote:
Why is Harrods considered quintessentially British?

I guess it's the most famous shop in the UK, and often considered the fanciest (although Fortnum and Mason is better)

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Jan 9 2017 15:53

So does the quintessential part refer to the brand's longevity/perceived quality and the Britishness refer to location - rather than ownership? What's the criteria?
https://youtu.be/bwV81ESll4c

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Jan 9 2017 16:43
wojtek wrote:
So does the quintessential part refer to the brand's longevity/perceived quality and the Britishness refer to location - rather than ownership? What's the criteria?
https://youtu.be/bwV81ESll4c

It's a subjective, national cultural thing. Like the way fish and chips are seen as being "quintessentially British" even though it was brought here by Jewish immigrants from Portugal

many things based on the idea of the "nation" don't make any sense so I wouldn't worry too much about it

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Jan 9 2017 16:57

Okey dokey, thank you good sir.

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Jan 9 2017 17:22
wojtek wrote:
Why is Harrods considered quintessentially British?

Owned by the sovereign fund of the state of Qatar, ironically - making it a state-owned enterprise, but certainly not a British one.

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Jan 21 2017 06:59

They won
https://www.luxurydaily.com/harrods-to-let-waitstaff-keep-100pc-of-tips-received/

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Jan 23 2017 10:34

A good result!