Watch out for the Finnish police “pizza squad!”

by , under Enrique Tessieri

Two policewomen who are looking for tax evaders have their eyes set on pizzerias, which are, surprise, surprise, mostly owned by migrants. If this isn’t an example of ethnic profiling then what is? 

But where do you complain?

Thanks to this post on Facebook by the policewomen, the whole suggestion that cheap pizza automatically means tax evasion has become a sad joke on social media, especially for the pizzeria owners who work 12-16 hours a day.

Not only is this a clear example of how ignorant the police service is of migrant entrepreneur but once again shows the ugly side of ethnic profiling.

Imagine the police service asks customers to report to them if they can buy pizza for less than 6 euros!

I wonder if these policewoman have ever gone to the market and asked why frozen pizza costs less than two euros? What about multinational companies like McDonalds that find tax loopholes to stash their money in offshore accounts?

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If Lidl sells pizza at 1.39 euros are they evading taxes? Thank you Ossi Mäntyniemi for the heads-up.

Why not write about these companies? Or why not ask what law gives the police the right to determine at what price should pizzas be sold in Finland, according to Taloussanomat.

“It’s not the first time this has happened,” a pizzeria owner, who spoke on condition of anonymity, told Migrant Tales. “The police like health authorities too often target restaurants owned by foreigners.”

Now here’s the million-euro question: To whom are you going to complain if you believe that your restaurant has been ethnically profiled?

To the police?

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Finland is getting a lot of attention abroad. First from the Ku Klux Klan impersonator and now the BBC has picked up this story as well.