Discrimination, But Not That We’ll Admit To

30 01 2009
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 responses

30 01 2009
Ailbhe

Brilliant! Please delete the extra “o” in the title. I’m about to link to this madly. Crossposters ho!

30 01 2009
NS

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

30 01 2009
Morgan

NS – it’s an allegory, not a factual reporting. 🙂

6 02 2009
Dani Arnold

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

6 02 2009
Morgan

Feel free Dani! Anything on this blog can be sent on. 🙂

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