Queuing for the Cathedral ticket office.

25-07-2017Joan Torres

Palma police have reported that on Friday they arrested a tourist for shaking a ticket-office clerk at the Cathedral. The female tourist, said to be American but a resident of Toronto, became enraged because the clerk (also a woman) couldn't speak English properly.

The incident occurred at three in the afternoon on Friday. The tourist said to the clerk that her English wasn't correct and that as she was working with the public she should be more competent in the language. Security personnel arrived and barred the tourist from entering the Cathedral. Then came the police, and the woman continued to insult the clerk and act in a hostile manner.

After more than forty minutes, the police officers asked the woman to leave. She refused to do so and insisted that she should be allowed into the Cathedral in the company of a security guard or police officer. She was arrested for disobeying a police order and for injury.

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juan love / Hace over 4 years

An American telling someone to speak English properly???

That's like a politician telling someone to be honest.

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Richard Pearson / Hace over 4 years

I would imagine that is was the National Police who only deal with civil disobediance and security matters.

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Ron / Hace over 4 years

What surprises me about this incident is that the police had more than 40 minutes to waste on this obviously very rude tourist. Surely there was more urgent business to attend to, such as pickpockets, robbing gypsy women, trileros, parking violations etc.

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Richard Pearson / Hace over 4 years

And don´t lets mention what the Ibicencos (or should that be eivissencos ), Menorquines, or for that matter, the Valencianos, think about the whole thing !

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V. / Hace over 4 years

Haha, no doubt. It has been under 'dispute' all the 50+ years that I have lived in this country. I have a degree in Catalan philology which also included studying the various 'dialects', however each to his/her own as we would say. I do agree though that people should at least make some attempt at one of the language(s) if only a few basic words in the case of a tourist and should certainly not be shaking someone (!!) for not speaking a English properly, whatever 'properly' might mean in this case!

P.S. There's no need to use capital letters to make your case. That equates shouting in the spoken language!

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Richard Pearson / Hace over 4 years

Then I would respectfully suggest that your friends are either from Cataluña, or left wing politicians or teachers (who teach in the Catalan "version"and not the Mallorquin "version"), all of whom who are very enthusiactic about creating a Catalan State. The "real" mallorquins want nothing to do with the political side of it and object to Mallorqui being referred to as Catalan. True Mallorquin is based on Catalan and anyone who speaks either of them can understand perfectly what the other one is saying. The accent is different as well as a few ( quite a few actually ) words. I suppose it could be compared to the difference inbetween British and American english (that´s going to be worth a few negative points).

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Geoff Dominy / Hace over 4 years

I have many friends who would dispute that! The point is English is NOT an official language of Spain and while it is nice when you are trying to solve a problem if the other person offers to help out by speaking some English it is NOT a requirement. We are in their country and everyone needs to respect the language and the culture.

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V. / Hace over 4 years

Mallorquí is a dialect of Català, not a separate language (although some Mallorcans may well dispute that point!).

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Geoff Dominy / Hace over 4 years

Castellano, Catalan and Mallorquin

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Richard Pearson / Hace over 4 years

Geoff, which 3 languages are you referring to ?

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