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Shame on you, MediaMarkt Zurich

Posted by fabriziogiudici on June 29, 2009 at 3:20 AM PDT

The past week I've spend a day in Zurich to attend OSGi DevCon Europe. It has been a good experience, even though I was (and I am) not yet in good shape.

When I left the venue, before going to the hotel to have a rest, I took the chance of visiting the near-by MediaMarkt shop in SihlCity. I recalled that I had been there in 2007 and the shop was really packed with stuff that I seldom find on the shelf in Italy, even at MediaWorld (the italian equivalent of MediaMarkt). What I needed was a 500GB 2.5" SATA to replace the one on my laptop, since it has a faulty sector.

I found the disk, as expected. But when I tried to check it out, I have been told that payment with credit card was not allowed; only cash or debit cards. What? In one of the most known IT supermarkets, in one of the most luxurious commercial centers of Zurich, in one of the most bank-related cities of the world? One of the most stupid things I've ever seen. I'm a regular customer of MediaWorld in Italy and I've always paid with my credit card with no problems at all.

For the record, I missed 10 euros for paying with cash and I was too tired to search for a teller machine, so I left the disk there.