Romanian-Sounding Family Charged in $1.6M Gandhi District Gold Heist

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Police are seeking four family members in connection with a brazen September 4 heist at an Indian-American jewelry store on Hillcroft. Police say Ion Miclescu, Ileana Miclescu, Mirela Miclescu and Constantin Miclescu (and at least three other accomplices) made off with over $1.6 million in gold and jewels.

According to a criminal complaint filed on Tuesday, the Miclescus and their friends entered the store as soon as it opened. While some of them distracted employees with a barrage of questions, Ileana Miclescu crawled under a counter, opened a safe and shoveled the loot into a bag. The complaint goes on to state that Constantin Miclescu buzzed Ileana out of the store, and then the rest of the band left behind her. None were in custody as of this writing.

Mirela Miclescu, 30, was popped this summer for misdemeanor theft. In August she was found guilty of swiping some steaks, chicken and pork chops and did two days in jail. At the time of her arrest, she listed a Hillcroft apartment as her address. She did not sign the judgment against her, suggesting that she might not be literate.

One can't help but wonder if the Miclescus are Romani people, or Gypsies as they are more commonly known.

The chaos / distraction technique is a hallmark of Romani scams since time immemorial, and there are a great many Romani people of Romanian descent. (And none of this is to say all or most Romani are thieves, or that all Romanians are Romani.)

Interestingly, Houston cops arrested several other people with Romanian names over the weekend. Last Friday, Houston cops picked up Hermena Chiciu, Liviu Radulean, Denasirda Trifu, Ovidiu Bil Serdaru, Joana Vaduva, and Sabrina Chiciu and charged them all with evading arrest. All have since bonded out.

Two of these people declined to give police an address, and three others told the cops they lived in a Red Roof Inn on the West Sam Houston Tollway. So, a bunch of Itinerants with Romanian names who (allegedly) run from the cops...Hmmm.

Roving bands of light-fingered Gypsies hauling off South Asian jewels by the million-dollar sackful...Yep, we're an international city all right.

Fox's Isiah Carey filed a report featuring an elderly firecracker of a Gypsy-scammed victim here.

Three other Gypsy women were busted after they allegedly used a child and a story about a lost kitten to scam another elderly woman.

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Alex
Alex

"there are a great many Romani people of Romanian descent."

Wrong. There are a great number of Romani people living in Romania. but they are mostly of Indian descent. Gypsies came from India centuries ago and have been in different parts of Europe ever since.So what basically happened here is Gypsies (Indians) robbing Indians.

besides the adopted names, Romania is irrelevant. They are not of Romanian descent, Romanians are of Romanian descent (we are Latins)and I found the title the most offensive. "Romanian Sounding"??? Try that with "Mexican sounding" or "Chinese sounding". Very unfair unprofessional title I resent it.

Alex
Alex

Okay forget this I saw the apology and it is accepted John. Thank you. i am glad you can see from our side too.

Tony John
Tony John

Too many times people are being robbed and physically assaulted, shot or shot at or held at knife point by people from far far away Louisiana,USA. for such small amounts of money. These thugs never make the news. It doesn't make any sense that these critical people from India would discriminate against white people, demsontrate poor business practices and let a group of gypsies swindle them. I would think that the indian people would have known what they were dealing with. I am sure we can't blame White for letting in the gypsies. The crime rate went way up because of Louisiana but not because of Romania. I recall people taking up for the katrina victims claiming that they never had anything in their lives and to go ahead and let them take what they want. All of a sudden it is a problem with gypsies. We don't have a proactive system in Texas. I don't hear any police calls involving gypsies in home invasions or armed robberies,rape, child abuction , or other horrible drug related felony crimes. I don't see why people would be so shocked that gyspies still exist. Doesn't anyone care about what the so called katrinia victims are doing to our city?

Mugles_marian
Mugles_marian

salvator.... u are fouking shett u speak abaut gipsy's

Salvator
Salvator

Good to know that. Now you said what you had to say...All you said is good for all blogers...They need it to hear clearly.. and I hope they will understand it.By the way, what you just explained here it is exactly the same way I understood your comments... of course...with my bad English ...

If they will continue to blaim you and me for the article... that will be the meaning of they are the Romanian-Gypsies people at the other end of the comments thread...In my opinion they should not be  ofended if they are real and honest Romanians... how I am not!!!

John Nova Lomax
John Nova Lomax

Thank you Salvator.

Salvator
Salvator

 

 

 You are very welcome, John Nova Lomax!Least we DID help them to understand the initially point of view.. Even now, from their messages you can understand they sdo not real understand the sens or the meaning of the words...In this case, all they blamed you and me, should apologize to us because they understood wrong and disrespectfuly threw bed words in us....I should wonder who does know better English language?... and here I am not refering to  you, John.... I am talking about my Romanian fox...Caragiale's characters... those like Cami, M.V., VTs, "doamna marina",  P.Kgh, Fedora si Dan al Iasului and all like them...

GOD BLESS US EVERYONE!

Salvator
Salvator

Sorry! I mean to write "bad" in stead of  "bed"...

Salvator
Salvator

Veeeerrrrrry good point of view!!!

Salvator
Salvator

You still swimming in your own confusion, Nicolette. You are incurable!

Salvator
Salvator

And you are my Fox, Marina!. But how I said, being so respectful I will invite you being the first ! Even in boiling your heads.

Salvator
Salvator

After you, Fedora!  Am do respect you and I will let you be the first!

anton3520
anton3520

 What are "bed" words? Stuff like 'mattress'? 'Pillow'? 'Sheet'? 'Quilt'? I didn't see any of those. Now Lomax has apologised, you will have time to study your English. Better go to it.

Nicolette_28104
Nicolette_28104

Nobody threw the bed at you, especially since ours is a king-size one.

Marina B
Marina B

yes and tell him to take his 'Romanian fox' with him...

Fedora68
Fedora68

Salvator, go and boil your head. 

cami
cami

John Nova Lomax, I appreciate your apology and explanation.  I hope you understand our point of view as well.  Romanians living abroad are denigrated constantly because they are considered gypies.  We do not want that to happen to us, here in the United States.

I had no idea that we had gypsies in Houston.  I had no idea that they were committing these crimes.  This is very scary!  We all need to be very careful.   As far as the Miclescus go, if they are gangsters from Craiova, they are very dangerous.  I'll do some research on them and see if I can find anything helpful. 

Nicolette_28104
Nicolette_28104

John,Remember that what insensed us was the headline of your article. And, no matter what the cops told you, namely  that they were Romanian.. Their knowledge of history  is questionable; It is the responsibility of a journalist to research the story he is going to write.

Salvator
Salvator

Hi John Nova Lomax-You started your article this way:"Police are seeking four family members in connection with a brazen September 4 heist at an Indian-American jewelry store on Hillcroft. Police say Ion Miclescu, Ileana Miclescu, Mirela Miclescu and Constantin Miclescu (and at least three other accomplices) made off with over $1.6 million in gold and jewels.According to a criminal complaint filed on Tuesday, the Miclescus and their friends entered the store as soon as it opened. While ..."Because you started this way that means you had all the informations from the police officer? Or all your comments were all just suppositions? All you said in your comments are your belief?Were not trhe Police officer's words? Do you realy belief such as all Romanian-sounding names belongs to Romanian - gypsies people or ALL Romanian people from Romania are GYPSIES or Romania is the country of gypsies?????That IS What you mean it to bring up in your article? Because that is the reason all those people..all are Romanian people comments!!... are feeling insulted.... In my opinion  I do not think you tried to do so, to insulting us, to offence us. I tried to get the straight message from all your article.  Based on this way to see the things I got "rewarded" as you did: Disrespectul Bed words in English and Romanian. As you do, I don't agree with gypsies atitude, techniqs, "skills" anything its unlowful...As an excuse for their disrespectful atitude, They blaimed me for may bad Romanian and English language...which is not true...   If you will answer to my questions they might understand what did you mean to say in your article!GOD BLESS US  EVERYONE!

John Nova Lomax
John Nova Lomax

Everything you cited above comes from a police report I read from courthouse files. 

I do not believe all Romanians are Gypsies. I know very well that all Romanians are not Gypsies. I said so very clearly in the article, because I did not want people to think that I thought that or that it was the truth.

I also made the supposition that the perpetrators of this heist were Gypsies and not regular Romanians. I made that supposition because the style of the theft was one that Gypsies have used for decades, maybe centuries. If they had Hungarian names, I would have made the supposition that they were Hungarian Gypsies; the same if they had Polish or Czech names.

I have spoken to police and attorneys in recent months about other matters and they have told me that Gypsy crime is a real and growing problem in Houston. This was the first one that had a Romanian Gypsy twist. I just happened to notice the stuff about the other people with Romanian names who were arrested. I read arrest reports every day, and the two incidents seemed to coincedental to be unrelated. I have been reading arrest reports every day for the last couple of years and very, very few Romanians have been arrested here, except for these two odd incidents.

I am sorry people are offended. It was not my intention to do so. In fact, I am puzzled that people are offended, when I went out of my way to say that not all Romanians are Gypsies, and that I have stated my belief that this crime was not committed by ethnic Romanians but instead by Romanian Gypsies.

I have read some translated reports in the Romanian media which suggests that the Miclescus were gypsy gangsters from Craiova. Apparently I am  not alone in my suppositions.

cami
cami

I read a couple of press reports as well.  Indeed, it looks the Miclescus are gypsy gangsters from Craiova.  I read all the comments to the press articles and several people mentioned that these Miclescus have connections with Filip Sardaru, who seems to be a very well-known gangster in Craiova.  Someone was saying that Sardaru sends gypsies overseas to" work" for him, and that he sends them to the U.S. through Mexico.  Anyway, we have plenty of crime in SW Houston, we don't need these gypsies there or anywhere else.  Stay safe, everyone!

Marina B
Marina B

Apology accepted. Thank you John. As Cami said, it is appreciated and I hope that you understand why we are so offended. If not, simply reread our comments, your article and then think about it from an ethnic Romanian's point of view.

If these Miclescus really are mafia from Craiova as was noted early on this commenting, then there is a very real (and growing) problem in Houston...I, like Cami, had absolutely no idea Houston even had roma... how did they ever get to be there in the first place? How did they get visas and how did they manage to stay? Are they legally in Houston and there again, how? Many questions for a future article - but this time, John, I beg you, be careful how things are written and expressed being mindful of the reader. Please be very clear, do not suppose and do not presume. Just give us the facts please. Romania's reputation is bad enough in Europe because of the roma minority. It would be a tragedy if the same thing happened in the US also.

 

Simageorge88
Simageorge88

I have been living in Houston for many years and have encountered several Roma people, both born in the USA and immigrants from Eastern Europe. On the one hand it is very impressive how they maintain their culture and traditions, and how proud they are of their heritage. However, on the other hand it is sad that their behavior often confirms the negative Roma stereotypesthe, such as very low level of education, being engaged in scams, etc.

Fedora68
Fedora68

It is worrying that some of the commenters here actually have trouble understanding the thoughts expressed in other comments below. Salvator, you have really not understood Sairj nor Cami who both speak perfect sense.

They are NOT defending gypsies. Who could without it being for the sake of political correctness or just plain hypocrisy. They are criticising the ignorant opinion (in the article) that if a name such as Miclescu 'sounds' Romanian then 'One can't help but wonder if the Miclescus are Romani people, or Gypsies as they are more commonly known'... They are, in fact, standing up for an entire nation and an entire people which is continually beaten around the head by uneducated, preconceived ideas that all Romanians are gypsies.

Maria V is absolutely right when she says would the blogger be brave enough to write the same article about a 'Jewish-Sounding Family'? No, he would not. And kate d hit the nail on the head in her entire comment which you agree with but disagree with Cami and Sairj who say exactly the same thing...

Can't you read for heavens sake??? To any Romanians who read the above article and were not offended, then good for them. But for those of us who were, we still await an apology and do not expect to be harangued for defending the Romanian people (not the gypsies) and the country we left behind us.

John Nova Lomax
John Nova Lomax

The article does not imply that all Romanians are Gypsies. It does say that people with Romanian names who are caught thieving (in a classic Gypsy style) and/or are arrested and have no fixed address -- in Houston, Texas, of all places -- might well be Gypsies. 

P.Keogh
P.Keogh

Bravo...genius. That is NOT what you wrote. You wrote: "One can't help but wonder if the Miclescus are Romani people, or Gypsies as they are more commonly known." Did you never sgtudy discourse analysis when you studied writing?? You mention the 'technique' in the next paragraph following that statement. had you wanted to make a link between the Miclescu name and the technique all adding to the question of gypsies, all well and good - it makes more sense - but then you should not have changed paragraphs. You split the idea and what you have expressed is that because they are a Romanian-sounding fampily (your idiotic title), they are probably gypsies. So indeed, excuse me, but you DO imply that most Romanians are gypsies.

When you report on a crime, report on the crime. Do not make leading suppositions in the air such as 'one can't help but wonder' or 'might well be' on a subject that you didn't bother to research. Not all Roma are Romanian (check your encyclopedia) and not all Romanians are Roma. As someone said above, Roma are only 2% of the Romanian population. You could have added that somewhere had you wanted to make your point clearer.

The Miclescu family may well be Roma. Find out before you print that they may be. Your article was very badly written indeed and leads to the supposition by those who don't know any better that all Romanians are supposed to be gypsies and thus thieves. They aren't. Your job is to report and inform, not surmise. the police surmise. Not you.

Simageorge88
Simageorge88

The "Three other Gypsy women were busted after they allegedly used a child and a story about a lost kitten to scam another elderly woman" were American, but of Gypsy descent.

Nikisor40
Nikisor40

If one calls himself "Moshe Dayan" would you jump to the conclusion that he is an Israeli? Or "Rosenberg" - who can be a Jew or a German or, even an Austrian. Would you write without hesitation that Rosenberg has a Jewish-sounding name? I don't think so lest you are sued for defamation. In conclusion, in the future do your research thoroughly, otherwise you'll soon have to look for a job. It's not easy to be a journalist, I know.. that's all the sympathy you can get from me. 

John Nova Lomax
John Nova Lomax

So had I not surmised that they were Romanian Gypsies, would I have been allowed to surmise that they were simply plain Romanians, based on the fact that they all had Romanian names?

scott
scott

In not identifying the 'three other gypsies women' as Americans in an article talking about Romanians that 'could well be' gypsies gives your reader right to suppose (and your whole article is based on supposition anyway) that they fall into the same category. Do you not know that when you write, you should do so with the reader in mind? that is journalist rule number 1. Or maybe this is the first time you ever had any readers which would stand to reason...

adi
adi

Not just a stupid journalist, but arrogant too. Bravo!

Fedora68
Fedora68

At this point, John Nova Lomax, journalist extraordinaire, it would be the moment where you reread all the comments above, see the upset and hurt you have caused and APOLOGISE HERE, publically. Admit that you wrote a load of garbage, go check the link in the Houston Chronical that Cami posted earlier, see how a decent, news-worthy article should be written and LEARN from this error.

Listen to what everyone has said (with the exception of Salvator who is so full of hatred even towards his own people and preaches as if he were in a pulpit in front of a throng of adoring fans) and then go do some research.

Accept that whether you agree or understand it or whether you don't, that what you have written here is misleading, misguiding, xenophobic and ignorant. Say you are sorry and do not make the same insensitive mistake again. Since you have, as you say, travelled extensively in E.Europe, you should have known better.

Accept it, accept your mistake, apologise publically with a follow up here on this blog and let that be an end to it. Never taint Romanians and roma with the same brush again, never put them all in the same bag and never PRESUME anything. Being a journalist means to inform and guide. You have fallen way short of both. If you cannot accept the above, then stop writing and find another profession for this one is beyond who, your sensitivity and your capacity.

John Nova Lomax
John Nova Lomax

I don't identify American criminals as Americans because that is the default assumption for an American newspaper. 

cami
cami

It looks that you do not know anything at all about this very delicate issue.  What you said is highly prejudicial to us, the honest Romanians from Houston.  Believe me, we have a strong reason to be upset with you. It's the way you reported this that hurt our feelings deeply.  Like I said in my posting above, your statement that "(And none of this is to say all or most Romani are thieves, or that all Romanians are Romani.)" is only an afterthought...That is why is not good enough for us.  And yes, it is wrong and offensive to say that one is a Rromani-Romanian, Rromani-Czech, Rromani-American, etc.  Romanians, Czechs, Poles, etc. would be offended by your statement.  Please do not say it from now on.   

By the way, you said "Three other Gypsy women were busted after they allegedly used a child and a story about a lost kitten to scam another elderly woman. "  You failed to mention that these ladies were in fact American..

Anyhow, we hope that you fix this somehow.  I also hope that you give us some good news, that the criminals were caught and brought to justice.

John Nova Lomax
John Nova Lomax

I wrote this: "The chaos / distraction technique is a hallmark of Romani scams since time immemorial, and there are a great many Romani people of Romanian descent. (And none of this is to say all or most Romani are thieves, or that all Romanians are Romani.)"

Why is that not good enough for you? If a Romani is from Romania, he is Romanian and Romani, right? Just as a Romani from Macedonia or Turkey or Bulgaria could be said to be of those countries' descent?

I get that this is a sensitive issue for non-Romani Romanians. I traveled extensively in Eastern Europe in the early '90s and saw lots of tenstion between Czechs, Poles, Hungarians and Romani, and more in Western Europe.

I understand that I do not know as much as you Romanians do about this issue, nor is at a sensitive issue for me personally. What I can't abide is people putting words in my mouth and editing my statements to meet their own ends.

Mariafromiasi
Mariafromiasi

Nici o persoana cu o oarecare educatie nu incepe o fraza cu "apoi"

Mariafromiasi
Mariafromiasi

pacat ca este asa de mult venin in cuvintele preotiei tale. Dumenzeu sa te raspalteasca, -- Tot iti place sa citezi din Biblie si sa ne faci pe toti ceilalti inculti. Poate ai totusi timp sa-ti imbunatatesti engleza.

Salvator
Salvator

Nici macar cu  "Doamna" Marina nu ti se poate adresa cineva. Cred ca nici nu stii sa fi o doamna... o demonstraza incheierea epistolei tale catre mine!Se pare ca esti bolnava cu capul ca prietenii tai. Mi-am spus si eu parerea mea cum ati facut-o toti, si nu ma puteti obliga sa impartasesc orietarea opiniei voastre. Din punctul meu de vedere este gresit cum ganditi. Ati inceput sa faceti jobul lui Dumnezeu ... sa judecati...Nu mai judecati voi pe nimeni, ca nu sunteti voi in masura sa judecati pe cineva care doar spune ceva...Mai bine stati stramb si ganditi drept... decat sa stati "drept" si sa ganditi stramb...Cetatenii ce au savarsit fapta infractionala sunt aici de condamnat... NU eu sau ziaristul; ati uitat pentru ce sunteti pe acest site si pe cine trebuie sa criticati... Va credeti zmei sau buricul pamantului..Ati plecat toti de la coada vacii si va tineti cozile sus acum ca sunteti nixste domni si doamne care nu gresesc cand vorbesc. Voi gresiti cum ganditi .. si precum ganditi asa vorbiti. Sunteti niste fanfaroni si coate goale-mate fripte. Personajele lui CAragiale... Daqr ce spun eu aici de Caragiale cand una ca Marina sau Cami sau altii ca eele nici nu l-au citit pe Caragiale sau pe Anton Pan... Ce sa mai zic despre Biblie... Nici unul din voi nu a citit nici macar un capitol.. Daca ati fi citit macar 1 data biblia ati fi inteles imediat(sau poate nu aveti puterea mentala sa o faceti!!!???!!!) ca cetatenii romani care fac subiectul articolului cu pricina, numai daca ne gandim din punct de vedere biblic au incalcat cel putin UNA din cele 10 PORUNCI SFINTE... Pe cand cel care a scris articolul nu a incalcat inca nici o Porunca biblica, dar voi , necitit cum sunteti, ati inceput sa comiteti greseli dupa greseli "aruncand cu pietre" in cel ce a scris articolul...Asadar sunteti niste idioti. Idiotii nu citesc Biblia si nici nu stau mai mult pe ganduri sa vada ce a vrut sa spuna scriitorul... Ati trecut bacul cu ciubucul?.. Asa au procedat cei ca voi ... care acum sunt nulitati in materie de analiza literara.... Nici nu ma mir ca nu sunteti in stare sa suportati idea ca sunteti (sau ati fost) cetateni romani.  RUSINE VOUA CA NU FACETI NIMIC SA SCHIMBATI CARACTERUL INFRACTORILOR. fACETI DOAR PROPAGANDA...  DUHNITI A POLITICA COMUNISTA ! Desi ati parasit ROMANIA ati ramas tot comunisti! Acum va ascundeti dupa ziduri spaniole, franceze si germane si va luati de cei ce va descriu ca niste infractori... sunteti niste infractori... ca adevarul nu supara decat pe cei ce sunt vinovati! Pe un nevinovat nu poate sa il supere... Ca cel nevinovat are puterea de a demonstra contrariul... Dar voi va iritati ca nu puteti sa dovediti ca sunteti altfel decat va descrie "jurnalistul"...Sunteti putin cam tulburi la cap din cine stie ce etnobotanice... Poate sunteti chiar clanul Miclescu care " se sustin in faptele infractionale".Dumnezeu sa va dea ce simtiti voi acum in suflet. Amin!

Salvator
Salvator

Doamne, cata boala exista in voi!!!!???

Nici macar nu il cunosc pe ziarist...esti bolnav de-a binelea.

":))) in rest esti ZERO, mai bine TACI". Tipica idiotenie romanului ingamfat... Prostul daca nu-i fudul, parca nu e prost destul!

 

Apoi ce mi-ai spus mai sus ( "Scuze dar nu era mai bine sa scrii in limba ta materna, ori i ti este rusine cu ea, caci la greseli nu te intrece nimeni, nu prea am inteles unde vrei sa ajungi ...") era valabil pentru ceilalti comentatori... Ca nu esti capabil sa intelegi nu e greu de observat...

 

Vladtepes
Vladtepes

Scuze dar nu era mai bine sa scrii in limba ta materna, ori i ti este rusine cu ea, caci la greseli nu te intrece nimeni, nu prea am inteles unde vrei sa ajungi dar este clar ca la inima ziaristului :))) in rest esti ZERO, mai bine TACI

cami
cami

Salvator, here is the way Houston Chronicle reported this unfortunate crime...Nothing about a stupidity such as "Romanian-Sounding", etc.http://www.chron.com/default/a...

How can you say that 9 in 10 Romanian are gypsies?  I will have to bring this to everyone's attention, you are putting all of us in a very ugly situation.   The point is that this "journalist" doesnt't realize how delicate this issue is and he does not use the right words in reporting the crime.  He should apologize to all of us.  You should, too.  And you should be "on our side", since you are one of us.  I will always defend the Romanian community in Houston and it's sad that this happened.  None of us is ashamed of being Romanian and we do know what we are talking about...

Marina
Marina

Salvator, enjoy your ego trip. You have refused at every step to listen to what people here are saying. You misconstrue and twist everything and spit poison. Talk to yourself as no one else is listening. Dumbass....  

Salvator
Salvator

You, guys, you miss the news point of view. This "journalist" he put in words what police told him. Next, you ...all of you who are stock in the Defensive atitude, in stead of being bisturbed by the main news about few Romanian citizens, which hapaned to be gypsies, are in fact the criminals, based on the police oficer declarations to the "journalist", you start to blame the journalist which he just put in words what police officer said. I guess all of you didn't see the " information thread" in the artticle.But you know what you did, all of you which  start to blame the journalist? You just show how shame are you because you are Romanian...Looks like, all of you jumped criticising me, have not been recently in Romania to see what its Romania about...Just 1 of 10 romanian people is real romanian. the other 9 are gypsies. And I am talking about adults.... Those are not borned Yesterday...  You go to any store you want in Romania and you will find out when you will get back home you got your purse cut it and no IDs and no money...Today all infractors...from Romania, they have good cars, good and fashioned cloths, many and heavy jewls..and they have many apartments ...renting and they are not realy so much darkskin, and they do not have gypsies names... last names.More than that... they are traveling over the border and they have houses in other countries... like Spain, France, Germany...etc...I personaly know somebody who is so intrigate as you are, about some comments of some "journalists" they do and they do still steal items from   the store... She always did that, has at least 2 villas in Romania and now she own a house in Spain...She will jump hystericaly like you, blaming and criticising one as me or as this "journalist" and she will do know to do and to go right there where she could distroi that person who saw or know what and how she is doing. The article was about a crime made by Romanian citizens, even if they are gypsies or not, they still be Romanian...You are blind. You don't want to see the National point of view in this article...No one was pointing the finger to any of you ..... You feel guilty with out any reason...   Many  people from Romania they don't look like gypsies and they are4 stealing and playing with other peaple minds... The today 's gypsies from Romania they do not look like gypsies, they do not have dark skin anymore, they speak least 2 other languages and they are all over... How can you tell who is gypsy and who is not?They ALL LOOK the SAME. All are Romanians... Nowhere its mentioned about ethnicity...You don't know what you are talking about.

Fanofashleigh
Fanofashleigh

You are absolutely rifht and I think that his editor, Ms Margarret Downing should be informed about the controversy this ignorant and inexperienced journalist has caused when he wrote the above article. Send him back to school!

Marina
Marina

You miss the point, Salvator. The point is that Romanians are not all roma and roma are not all Romanian. You agree with that, I am sure. Romanian gypsies born in Romania are gypsies from Romania not ethnic Romanians. Get it? Read my comment again more carefully. My point like many more above which you also didn't read properly is that the article puts all Romanians in the same bag. 

Salvator
Salvator

And Romanian -Gypsies are born in Romania, that is the reason they are called Romanian-Gypsies...becouse they were born by gypsies in Romania and thatt is ther eason they are taking the last names from Romania... The gypsies born in Hungary they will take as last names Hungarian names... and so on...

Valahia
Valahia

I work as a translator and in my line of work, I have come across much Western superficiality in terms of knowledge about Romania and this part of the world in general. I remember how some years ago, a journalist working for a newspaper somewhere in Illinois referred to a group of visitors from Eastern Europe in the following terms: "A delegation made of several groups of agronomists from the former USSR countries: Ukraine, Albania, Bulgaria, and Romania visited our county...". I reiterate the previous commentators' point that journalists (at least) should do their "homework" well before embarking upon writing anything. Theirs is a critical role and their work can have a great impact upon the public, whose general knowledge is largely mediocre as it is.       

Marina
Marina

It is, indeed, an outrage. It is not acceptable that a journalist, or whatever he think he is, should malign an entire community of Romanians by considering them gypsies. Through sheer ignorance he did just that: in his mind, he confuses the roma, in other words the gypsies with Romanians, two completely different entities. roma can be gypsies of Hungarian, Spanish, French birth, while Romanians are only that: Romanians, born in Romania.

 

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