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Soldier was refused service over uniform
Having been away in (intermittently) sunny Sussex all week I couldn’t post this at the time and have been reminded of it by Carole Malone’s comments in this morning’s Sunday Mirror. First from The Telegraph on Wednesday.
A veteran of the Afghan conflict was refused service in a petrol station because he was wearing his Army uniform.
The officer (a captain with the 16 Air Assault Brigade) claims an Asian store attendant told him to change his clothes before he could buy beer.
Witnesses claimed the attendant, at the Wisley South Connect station on the A3 near Guildford, Surrey, was anti-war and prejudiced against soldiers.
A BP spokesman insisted the attendant was "over-zealous" and had simply "misunderstood" licensing laws meaning he cannot sell alcohol to uniformed policemen.
He added that staff at the site have been retrained and said: "We have given our sincere apologies to the customer. This was not in any way a racist incident."
Carole Malone (keep scrolling down through her views on Sharon Osbourne and Sienna Miller) says:-
Weasel Of The Week award must go to the gutless executives at BP Connect who were too terrified to sack an Asian worker for refusing to sell beer to a British soldier because he was in uniform.
And instead of kicking this man out on his ass the PC lackeys at BP have instead issued a grovelling apology and are trying to pretend it wasn't because of the Asian man's religion or his anti-war views but simply because he'd misunderstood the licensing laws.
What? So this idiot worker actually believes there's a clause in BP's rulebook that says he can't serve British Army officers in uniform? Because if he does he ought to be sacked anyway for being so damned stupid.
And I'm sorry, if this had been a white Christian BP worker telling a woman wearing a burka or a man wearing a dhoti or a turban that he couldn't be served (with anything) until they went home and changed, the worker would have been sacked quicker than you could say "industrial tribunal" and charged with racism to boot.
I'm sorry, racism isn't a one-way street. There were witnesses to this incident and they are certain it had nothing to do with a misinterpretation of the licensing laws and everything to do with this worker's anti-war views. And if white Christians have to afford other religions respect, then they have to respect ours. And people who don't follow those rules need to be dealt with.
Bp are obviously terrified to sack this man for fear of a lawsuit. Well, they're cowards and because of it this Asian has got away with insulting one of our heroes. Which is why he will do it again. As will other people like him because they know that in this skew-whiff, politically-correct world that is now Britain they will always win.
And come the next election, Gordon Brown shouldn't be surprised when the contemptible BNP snatch 20 per cent of the vote. And whatever gains they make it won't be because the people of this country are racist but because they want fairness for everyone in our society - white and black, Christian and Muslim. No preferences. No special treatment.
The reports call this cashier an "Asian" although the Army Families Federation spokewoman did refer to Muslims when talking to The Sun newspaper. I cannot imagine a Hindu or Sikh taking that attitude so I think thr AFF lady is correct.