"Aline Kern already sold over 1,000 properties. She's a real estate agent in Bad Kreuznach, in the Rheinland-Pfalz region of western Germany, independent for three years. "Something like this I haven't come across yet", says the 33-year old woman. A refugee family refused her help - because she's a woman.
"I was underway in my car, when I got a call on my cell", Kern describes what took place to FOCUS Online. A man introduces himself. In broken German he tells her, that a Syrian refugee family is looking for a house. He specifically mentions "Grosser Not" [urgent help needed - MFBB], so Kern recalls.
As it happened, the real estate agent had a house on offer. Four rooms, cheap. "We can meet at the house in 15 minutes" she tells the man over her cell phone, and hurries up towards the rendez-vous.
Once there, she meets the middleman, to whom she had spoken on the phone, and the family, consisting of two men in their late thirties, a veiled woman and three children. Looking back after the event, Miss Kern now doubts whether they really came from Syria. The mood was comical from the get-go, she recalls. "The middleman started to furiously debate with the men".
After a heated discussion, the middleman then turns to her. "He told me, that the family did not want to inspect the house anymore, because I was a woman and blonde with blue eyes. Moroever I had looked the men in the eyes, and that's not done", says Kern. One can still discern the anger in her voice, when she recalls the incident. "The (real estate) company should have sent a male agent, they said."
"Islam is a part of Germany", eh Angela?