Thursday, 29 January 2009

Discrimination, But Not That We'll Admit To

Two gay men walk into a cafe. They sit down and try to order a meal. The manager approaches them and says:
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"Look, I have my other customers to think about. I've nothing against you myself, you understand, but others do. And I can't have you in here upsetting everyone. They have a right to eat without being uncomfortable. I'll serve you, but you have to go sit in the toilet, out of sight of my other customers. It's either that, or leave."
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A couple with disabilities enter a cafe. She is in a wheelchair, and he is visually impaired. They seat themselves down and try to order a meal. The manager approaches them and says:
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"Look, I have my other customers to think about. I've nothing against you myself, you understand, but others do. And I can't have you in here upsetting everyone. They have a right to eat without being uncomfortable. I'll serve you, but you have to go sit in the toilet, out of sight of my other customers. It's either that, or leave."
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A couple walk into a cafe. She is wearing a hijab. They sit down and try to order a meal. The manager approaches them and says:
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"Look, I have my other customers to think about. I've nothing against you myself, you understand, but others do. And I can't have you in here upsetting everyone. They have a right to eat without being uncomfortable. I'll serve you, but you have to go sit in the toilet, out of sight of my other customers. It's either that, or leave."
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A mixed race couple walk into a cafe. They sit down and try to order a meal. The manager approaches them and says:
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"Look, I have my other customers to think about. I've nothing against you myself, you understand, but others do. And I can't have you in here upsetting everyone. They have a right to eat without being uncomfortable. I'll serve you, but you have to go sit in the toilet, out of sight of my other customers. It's either that, or leave."
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A couple with a baby walk into a cafe. They sit down and try to order a meal. As they are reading the menu, the baby cries with hunger, and the mother reaches into her bag and brings out a baby bottle of milk. The manager approaches the mother and says:
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"Would you like me to heat that bottle through for you?"
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A couple with a baby walk into a cafe. They sit down and try to order a meal. As they are reading the menu, the baby cries with hunger, and the mother lifts her blouse and latches the baby onto her breast. The manager approaches the baby and says:
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"Look, I have my other customers to think about. I've nothing against you myself, you understand, but others do. And I can't have you in here upsetting everyone. They have a right to eat without being uncomfortable. You can eat, but you have to go sit in the toilet, out of sight of my other customers. It's either that, or leave."
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A couple with a small child walk into a cafe. They sit down and order a meal. The manager brings it over to them. After they have all eaten, the adults order a desert, and the child asks its mother for some milk. The mother reaches into her bag, and pulls out a baby bottle. The manager approaches the mother and says:
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Would you like me to heat that bottle through for you?
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A couple with a small child walk into a cafe. They sit down and order a meal. The manager brings it over to them. After they have all eaten, the adults order a desert, and the child asks its mother for some milk. The mother lifts her blouse and the child latches on.
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The manager phones the police.
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EDIT: and less than two weeks later, it happens.  Yes, the manager phoned the police.
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5 comments:

Ailbhe said...

Brilliant! Please delete the extra "o" in the title. I'm about to link to this madly. Crossposters ho!

NS said...

Whoa, did this really happen, the manager phoning the police?

Morgan said...

NS - it's an allegory, not a factual reporting. :-)

Dani Arnold said...

Brilliant!!

Do you mind if I cross post this to our Forums on Natural Mothering in Canada?

Morgan said...

Feel free Dani! Anything on this blog can be sent on. :-)