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Who Knew Chocolate Biscuits Could Be so Controversial

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A Bahlsen - Choco Leibniz biscuits - heiress, Verena Bahlsen has said the company "did nothing wrong" by using forced labourers during WWII. This came out in an interview while she was trying to defend a previous comment, when she said 'I'm a capitalist. I own a quarter of Bahlsen, that's great. I want to buy a sailing yacht and stuff like that.' Which was seen as insensitive given the company's history - https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-48286383

Which is a shame as I like Choco Leibniz biscuits, but can't see myself buying them again. A false apology, no doubt written by a PR team trying limit the damage caused by her remarks, isn't going to be enough. This is just another example of the arrogance and ignorance of some people with great wealth. It reminded me of the Nut Rage Incident in 2014

ACR
7 days ago
What do you think of this?
AgnesFaludi
AgnesFaludi6 days ago

This is so wrong....just not buying those biscuits anymore....will get dark chocolate digestives instead, also cheaper and taste great.

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MrsCraig
MrsCraig6 days ago

Tesco do their on version of these biscuits, they are really good.

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ACR
Original Poster
6 days ago

Thanks, I don't think I've tried them. I look the next time I'm in Tesco

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MrsCraig
MrsCraig6 days ago

ACR we buy them all the time as they are cheaper and we think they taste just the same.

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Lynibis
Lynibis6 days ago

It seems the human psyche becomes more dispassionate, rude, arrogant and oftimes ruthless, in direct relation to power and wealth achieved. How often do we see this in celebrities treating their staff as minions, only existing for their convenience.

Before fame you have to watch your baser instincts to some extent, but as you climb the ladder it seems easier to trample those below you on that same ladder.

I prefer to live by the old adage: be careful how you treat those you climb over on your way up as you are very sure to meet them on the way down.

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ACR
Original Poster
6 days ago

I agree, I also think it's usually worse for people born into money, as they are more likely to take everything and everyone for granted. They often come across as devoid of empathy.

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AgnesFaludi
AgnesFaludi6 days ago

Those people who forced worked for her should get compensation....not an answer that she wants to buy herself a yacht....most of us can live without.

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Lynibis
Lynibis6 days ago

They are probably all dead now as it was during ww2. It ended nearly 75 years ago so only very young people then would still be alive today.

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AgnesFaludi
AgnesFaludi6 days ago

Lynibis Some of those people still alive who were young in the II. W.W. Those people maybe had kids.....and they were forced to work so those families still should receive something....Honestly the owner does not deserve the yacht...to say something like this. It is just morally bad.

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Lynibis
Lynibis6 days ago

AgnesFaludi I agree, as you can see from my comment above. That people can even have those sort of thoughts is beyond my comprehension.

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