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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