October 30th, 2007

Diversity at BP?

Posted in Not the Job by 200

Old Jeremy Clarkson is usually good for a laugh. I caught his column in the Sun this last week. Honest, it was lying around the control room & I needed a moment’s diversion.

Anyway, there was a small piece in his column about an Asian petrol station attendant who refused to serve a soldier in uniform unless he came back in civvies. Witnesses reported that the attendant was anti-war (the captain in the 16 Air Brigade had served in Afghanistan). Clarkson said something along the lines of ‘quite right, we should all be free to choose who we do and who we don’t serve in our establishments’. He went on to add that he himself would be choosing not to take his custom the the particular petrol station in question which he regularly passed on his way to the Top Gear studios. He helpfully provided the details of the garage should others also choose not to frequent the same garage in future.

The member of staff concerned has not been sacked by BP. I wonder what would have happened had the member of staff been a white Christian who had refused to serve a woman in a burka until she had gone home and changed?

Just in case you choose not to visit there also it’s the Wisley South Connect on the A3 near Guildford in Surrey.

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  1. Essy says:

    I don’t know what you’ve done but your pages are finallly loading quicker for me at last.

    October 31st, 2007 at 14:04

  2. 200 says:

    Thanks, I changed a couple of things and stopped using one of the statistical gatherers which I think slowed it down a great deal.

    October 31st, 2007 at 15:08

  3. Twining or Black in Blue says:

    I have to say this is a load of ********.
    So the attendant is anti war, that does not give him the right to discriminate against soldiers. They haven’t done anything wrong per se. Yes, they are carrying out orders, but unless the attendant thought that this soldier had carried out mass atrocity then really he should know better.
    Clarkson doing his bit has identified the garage. Now, that’s silly, but that is Clarkson.

    October 31st, 2007 at 15:57

  4. Reactively Proactive says:

    I’m not sure whether I have heard too many rumours on this, made it up and believe its true in my own mind or there is actually an element of fact in it, but I thought the soldier was buying alcohol and the attendant misunderstood the law. He knew he couldn’t sell to police in uniform and assumed it was the same for soldiers.
    Like i say, I could be wrong but lets not be quite so fast to judge.

    October 31st, 2007 at 21:01

  5. DavidM says:

    The attendant should be sent to Alfghanistan or Iraq in civilian
    clothing, left in the desert to cope for himself without say any
    assistance from a young lad in uniform.This would quickly modify his
    infantile attitude.
    People like that should have been put down at birth !

    November 2nd, 2007 at 12:38

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