Oh. Maybe the holiday spirit?
That's the one thing that was missing at the Innsbruck Christmas Market. Happy people.
At one store, I was buying a few Christmas ornaments with a friend so I asked for an extra bag. Nicely. In German. The salesclerk then threw the ornaments on the counter, got another bag, and threw them all in the other bag. Excuse me for giving her business.
At another stand, I picked up a wrapped loaf of bread to figure out what it was. It looked tasty and was covered in chocolate and I was considering buying it until all of a sudden I received a scathing lecture from the seller for touching it. I apologized, but this woman kept yelling. One of my friends, who speaks fluent German, stepped in and told this women we were sorry, we just thought her breads looked good and we wanted to see what they were. She kept yelling, "you should know better than to pick things up!" My friend told her that then she should have a "do not touch sign." "No!" said this woman, "It is common sense not to touch things!"
She was still yelling but I wasn't going to take it any more. I wished her a "Frohe Weihnachten" and then I walked off.
Later, we passed her booth and here's what we saw:
Happy Holidays from Austria.