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controversial dismissal from the market in Chesham with some positive news

Last week, Gourmet Express Mobile Catering’s Giant Coca Cola Can German food kitchen was sent home by market managers in Chesham. We had not been given full details of the reason and felt to be discriminated against.

We petitioned the market cooperatives and can announce some positive news today. Supported by over 50 signatures and a message of cooperation received by Danny Wadmore, the man in charge of Chesham market cooperatives who responded late on Saturday evening, the petition was today declared a victory.

We have asked for a full and unconditional reinstatement of our food truck on the market and are now in a position to ask Danny and Chiltern District Council for mutual acceptable terms to return as a casual trader to the high street.  Certain stipulations need to be followed through by us but we have decided not to continue to declare war to the Chesham market management and are prepared to compromise on terms even if they may not been achievable instantly.

I like to thank you for your support

thankyoupicIt has been an exhausting time for our family but we have met support by so many people. We feel good to know that people really care in this country when someone is in difficulty and I must say that the people here in Buckinghamshire are people with heart and emotion.

As to the further development I cannot say anything apart from the fact that we seek a face to face meeting with all participants in the dispute and I am confident that we will have a compromised outcome beneficial for both parties of the argument.

In my relaxation time and I feel I had reasons to keep myself relaxed and calm I have done a bit of research why certain people react differently to controversial topics and I have formulated something which I will post here for everybody to read:

Different opponents from both sides get to air their views and the debate can encourage conversation.

Most often, however, controversy also generates discomfort. Did you ever try to talk about abortion at a crowded get together? I would think you didn’t. Plainly speaking it’s just uncomfortable to discuss. Especially if the persons you have these conversations with don’t know you from A, you don’t want to offend them. People’s main concern is to know if you care what others think of them, so they may avoid talking about highly controversial topics to avoid rubbing others the wrong way.

Does this have an impact at all on controversy and conversation? Well, I read about some research. They found out that some controversy boosts buzz, but too much reduces buzz. Can you see this as a little billboard that looks like Hitler if you squint the right way? If you stay moderate with controversial issues you are likely to meet people interesting to discuss. Partial fox hunt ban or open carrying gun laws? Highly controversial and less likely to be at ease with a discussion.

Who people are talking to might be important to engage into any such discussion. Friends know us pretty well therefore we’re often quite comfortable discussing controversial topics with them. We’re not getting judged solely based on that one conversation. Even if it goes a little rocky or over the top, they still will stick with us.

But, controversial or not, a honest debate shouldn’t mean discomfort to people. We often need discussions to find out about different view points and to come up with ways to tackle certain issues in life.


With warm regards,

Stefan Schenkelberg