Schengen, what is a difference between Maxima in Kaunas and Tartu

January 18, 2008 at 12:20 pm 5 comments

Maxima in EstoniaSchengen and globalization seems starting to impose some pressure on some Lithuanians.  As the Estonian and Lithuanian press reported a Lithuanian lady Jolanta showed that not every Balt benefited from those two phenomena.

Mrs. Jolanta, who is 33 and working as a cleaner in a Kaunas’ Maxima grocery shop (it is a Lithuanian run supermarket chain which operates in all three Baltic States) was going to work in an early morning.  Her work is situated 125 km from her home and strangely enough the lady was commuting there by hitchhiking.

Mrs Jolanta, who does not speak Russian stopped a Russian lorry heading the North and asked the driver ‘to take her to Maxima’.  A kind driver agreed and the tired lady fell asleep.  The driver woken up Mrs Jolanta in a front of a Maxima shop.  It was still dark and after a nap without any doubt that she was taken to her work place she walked into the shop to assume here duties.

Then there were some conflicting accounts but one of them tells that Jolanta started to clean the floor, however she began acting suspiciously and this was noted by the shop’s security.

A security person comes to investigate and starts to speak to already confused Mr Jolanta in Estonian, which should not be a strange coincidence, since this Maxima is situated not in Kaunas but in the city of Tartu, Estonia…

A translator to Lithuanian had to found since Mr Jolanta could not speak any other language.  Eventually the Lithuanian Embassy took care of all affairs.

Hence, apparently the Russian driver took the cleaner to a Maxima shop he was aware of, drove her all the way through Lithuania and Latvia to Estonia.  Meanwhile Mrs Jolanta slept all the way to Tartu to wake to the evening darkness, which she took for the morning darkness.

Even though I have to admit that I found it very difficult to believe in this story, and I am convinced that some other ‘disturbing’ details will come out later still…  I hope that the benefits of the globalization will bring those times when Jolanta would not notice a difference not only between Lithuania and Estonia, but also between Lithuanian and, lets say Sweden.


Entry filed under: Baltic States, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Northern Europe, Sweden.

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5 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Richardlith  |  January 18, 2008 at 6:13 pm

    It’s like that Russian New Year flim which has been hitting the cinems.

  • 2. Global Voices Online » The Baltics: Missing the Borders 2  |  January 19, 2008 at 2:00 am

    […] has more on the story of the missing borders and one poor cleaning lady, who was on her way to work in Kaunas, Lithuania, but fell asleep and […]

  • 3. Ruslanas Iržikevičius  |  January 19, 2008 at 3:52 pm


    I heard about the film you are talking about. I be frank, I do not waist my time on such ‘art’.

    Best regards,

  • 4. Vilniaus Meras  |  January 27, 2008 at 11:22 am

    Though you have waisted your time on this poor story. Don’t be hipocrat – it still can be good even if it is not created by you!

  • 5. Pawel  |  February 5, 2008 at 5:06 pm

    This is so funny! 🙂 I doubt it there’s anything behind this. Just a funny misunderstanding:)

    Funny how she didn’t notice anything strange. Either in the neighbourhood, or signs and decor within the store:)


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