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Dental Robbery

May 14th, 2012

Vienna – Sunny, wonderful city of history, memories, charm, Schnitzel, Heuriger, schmaltz, Strauss, waltz and so much more.

On the dental side, the big subject is next month’s EuroPerio7, now clearly the largest perio meeting on the globe.

But right now, it’s the WID – Wiener International Dental – being held at the excellent expo centre here.

Before I mention something negative, let me stress that the exhibition itself was extremely-well laid out, organised and supported.

The weather was too good, and that affects attendance. But most exhibitors and ALL visitors were happy.

Why ALL visitors? Friday evening, the end of the expo faded into the beginning of a ‘happening’ Unbelievable buffet of terrific food, backed by a band on the stage, followed by disco and dance, romping the night away.

From our rooms at the nearby hotel, we could here the rhythmic thumping until early in the morning.

What a party!

But…have a look at the following 2 pictures. On the left, a typical display of the well-known range of diamond points on the Horico stand. On the right, dear friend, soon to retire, so he claims, Helmut Rathmann does not appear to be so happy. And, upon closer observation, you will notice that something is not quite right in picture. He’s a salesperson, but he has nothing to show. That’s because, while he was grabbing a coffee from a stand just meters away, someone stole a large display of diamond and carbide points, valued at around €11,000 (over $14,000).


Yes, it was reported and it was insured.

So, I suppose there are different ways to look at this event. One is that Horico had among the largest ‘turnover’ of any stand, and Helmut is now wondering what commission to request from his employers.

A new definition of ‘chutzpah’?

In any event, if you happen to come across someone who is offering you a surprising quantity of such products, or any of the other items stolen from WID, please do contact me.

Smile – Support your dentist.

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