A Kopstal woman who at a dinner party claimed that, like everyone, she possessed a selfie with Prime Minister Xavier Bettel has finally admitted she was lying.
The web of deception was created when Rosalind Karnacky, 28, took part in a dinner with seven other people, only two of whom she knew prior to the evening. When during the aperitif the topic of selfies with Bettel came up, everyone duly pulled out their phones, scrolled through their photos, and showed theirs.
When it was Karnacky’s turn, she kept scrolling intensely, her brow furrowing and her face turning bright red.
“Oh, I know it’s someone here,” she said. “I ran into him at the international bazaar, the winter market, you know, the summer fair thing with the rides.”
“I swear it was right here,” she continued. “Next to the photo of me doing a yoga pose on the beach in front of a sunset and me making a peace sign while obscuring part of my face with a mug of beer.”
When fellow attendee Daniel Dragonov offered to take over the burden of the scrolling, insisting that coordinating rapid eye and finger movements is his talent, Karnacky clumsily turned off her phone, saying, “Oops, battery dead.”
Now that suspicions were cast over the veracity of Karnacky’s claim, several people demanded that she WhatsApp the selfie to them when her phone was charged, a demand to which she agreed.
However, when by the next afternoon she still had not made good on her promise, Karnacky began receiving reminders via both Messenger, email, and even carrier pigeon.
The pressure became too much to bear, and a day later she confided in a friend, admitting that she does not have a selfie with Bettel even though she has lived in the country for three years.
The friend patted Karnacky’s shoulder, said it wasn’t a big deal, but secretly felt superior.
“It’s really quite sad, this whole thing,” the friend later explained. “I don’t mean it’s sad that people judge Rosalind, because they totally should.”
“Having a selfie with Bettel is integral to the Luxembourg experience, expat or otherwise, and it’s one of the first things you must do here,” she added. “It’s like Rosalind is missing a piece of her identity, of her soul.