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to think that yes, you actually were racist...

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pamplem0usse Wed 27-Feb-13 20:11:35

john Lewis...
Massive muck up with order...
Guy who I spoke to on Saturday didn't call back on Sunday as promised.
Spoke to a manager who said 'I dont mean to be racist Mrs Fostee but did the person you spoke to have an Indian accent?

John Lewis only have British call centres.

WWYD

fromparistoberlin Thu 28-Feb-13 10:45:36

think YABU

would you have said same if asked for Scottish or French accent?

dont sweat it OP

Pigsmummy Thu 28-Feb-13 11:26:23

Yabu

Cherriesarelovely Thu 28-Feb-13 11:28:14

No I don't think that is racist. It's like someone trying to identify my DP by saying "a black lady". She IS a black lady!

docket Thu 28-Feb-13 11:30:22

yabu!

Fakebook Thu 28-Feb-13 11:31:41

If he wasn't being racist, the why did he say "I don't mean to be racist, but..." He could've just said "did he have an Indian accent?" Or "did he have an Irish accent?" That's not racist, that's just trying to get to the bottom of who OP spoke to.

Cherriesarelovely Thu 28-Feb-13 11:32:51

Because he realises that it is a bit sensitive and that some people, like OP, might perceive it as racist I suppose.

NamelessHereForEvermore Thu 28-Feb-13 11:36:56

So was he, in your opinion, Fakebook, being racist? Your post isn't clear on that. I expect the reason he said it like that was precisely because of people like the OP who devote their lives to finding racism where none exists.

Cassarick Thu 28-Feb-13 11:37:20

Fakebook - because everybody is scared witless if they say ANYTHING, some daft bugger (like you) will complain that they are being 'racist'. We are ALL running scared!

midwivesdeliver Thu 28-Feb-13 11:45:49

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

Fakebook Thu 28-Feb-13 11:52:44

No I don't think he was being racist, but when you start off a sentence with "I'm not being racist, but..." It does normally mean you're about to say something racist. He must have thought he was saying something racist or wrong to start off a sentence like that.

Like I said before, he could've just said "did he have an Indian accent?" and that wouldn't have been racist. I wonder what the OP would've made of that.

I'm not a daft bugger either, thanks.

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