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League One - Pizza Hut 'refused to serve black players'

Mon, 06 Dec 17:28:00 2010

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Pizza Hut have apologised to a group of black footballers who were told they would have to pay for their food before eating.

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A group of Bournemouth players said they were targeted in the restaurant and told they would have to pay first because of "the way you look".

After training was cancelled because of the weather, six players had gone for a late lunch at Pizza Hut in Castle Lane West.

Midfielder Anton Robinson told the Bournemouth Daily Echo: "We ordered our food. The manager came up with the bill and said: 'Would you mind paying first?'

"We asked if that was the policy and he said 'no'. When we asked why he’d asked us, he said: 'It’s the way you look.'

"We had a good idea what he was trying to get at. A group of white kids came in straight after us and they weren’t asked to pay before they had their food. The only thing that was different was the colour of our skins.

"We said we were professional footballers and were happy to pay when we had finished. That’s what normal people do. He hadn’t asked

other customers to pay before their meals.

"It got a little bit heated, then he said: 'If you’re not going to pay the bill now, I’m going to call the police to escort you off the premises'."

Robinson added: "We’re all grown men and we were smartly dressed. When the lads go out for a meal, we know we’re representing the club. We know that people recognise us and we have to behave.

"We were angry, but we kept our cool. The police spoke to customers who were eating around our table, and they said we were fine. We hadn’t shouted, kicked up a fuss or anything."

Another midfielder, Liam Feeney, added: "I couldn’t believe it. You don’t really expect it any more. I could understand it if all young men had to pay before their meal.

"The fact that there were other groups of white lads, younger than us, who weren’t asked didn’t really leave anything else for it to be."

A spokesman for Dorset Police confirmed that officers attended the restaurant after receiving a complaint from Pizza Hut about disruptive customers.

"A group of men had been asked to leave. They weren’t happy about this, but we spoke to them and they did leave," he said.

A spokesman for Pizza Hut said: "We do not tolerate any form of discrimination, so immediately investigated this incident. While our duty manager’s actions were absolutely not racially motivated, we are very sorry for the way this was handled.

"Police recently recommended that the restaurant started asking people to pay for their meal before dining, to combat a number of incidents where customers had left without paying.

"Unfortunately, it seems this approach was not enforced as a blanket policy and we have ensured all staff have been retrained. We will be contacting the customers concerned to apologise."

Bournemouth are third in League One.

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Happened to me before on my brejrins 18th in a Chinese restaurant just upped and left f*ck that not putting money in pockets who dont treat you equal to everyone else

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Violent situation averted, at the very least one of them had a gun

good thing it didn't kick off, innocent people could have been harmed

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Lmao @ The related links.

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Lmao @ The related links.

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bruv, u know how me n my niggas would have kicked off?

they did well man to not even shout and be cool about it, i rate them for that

i would have first laughed, then started shoutin at the guy tbh, makin up a fuss n sh*t

thats a f*ckin par, id talk all smack about takin their names n reporting them or puttin it on a blog or paper or sutin

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Lmao @ The related links.

but then

f*ck*ng hell

Got mad just reading that

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bruv, u know how me n my niggas would have kicked off?

they did well man to not even shout and be cool about it, i rate them for that

i would have first laughed, then started shoutin at the guy tbh, makin up a fuss n sh*t

thats a f*ckin par, id talk all smack about takin their names n reporting them or puttin it on a blog or paper or sutin

Theres a reason why they didn't kick off, it was to retain the moral high ground,

if they had kicked off we all know what the headlines in the media wouldve been the next day, regardless of who was at fault first,

this way they've released the story and they look like the victims and the people being persecuted against,

in the past things like this have happened and due to the reaction of the people being persecuted they've come out of it looking like the villan's of the piece,

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this and houghton = nice timing considering the debate we were having in the other thread

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That's not really on is it

Respect to them for reacting in a mature way, and not kicking off about it even though they were probably entitled to

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bruv, u know how me n my niggas would have kicked off?

they did well man to not even shout and be cool about it, i rate them for that

i would have first laughed, then started shoutin at the guy tbh, makin up a fuss n sh*t

thats a f*ckin par, id talk all smack about takin their names n reporting them or puttin it on a blog or paper or sutin

Theres a reason why they didn't kick off, it was to retain the moral high ground,

if they had kicked off we all know what the headlines in the media wouldve been the next day, regardless of who was at fault first,

this way they've released the story and they look like the victims and the people being persecuted against,

in the past things like this have happened and due to the reaction of the people being persecuted they've come out of it looking like the villan's of the piece,

i hear that n they get the highest praise from me, but i aint even a hype guy like 95% of the time im jus calm, all im sayin is if that was me, i wouldnt giv a f*ck about a headline, maybe the rep of the club, but id jus think theyd understand

id try record it aswell

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It's alright we got a black president so this kind of sh*t won't happen as much! thats fukin chekky them niggaz should have turned the place upside down.

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Was funny reading this on the train this morning. I got vex QUICK, people could see what page I was reading and started talking amongst themselves saying "It's not on and the country isn't like this and it's a small ignorant minority blah blah blah".

Head down, on with my journey. Lol @ thinking this doesn't happen. This (and the Chris Houghton sacking) are just high profile examples of sh*t that goes on in this country WEEKLY.

The irony of the British public mentioning racism in Russia and awarding them The World Cup...

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It's alright we got a black president so this kind of sh*t won't happen as much! thats fukin chekky them niggaz should have turned the place upside down.

hate to break it to you bruh

but thats a different country

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A similar thing happened to me & my boys at the SAME pizza hut. 5 Mins after we picked up our food and sat down the manager came storming out the back and told us that we need to stop eating, pay the bill, and leave or he was calling the police because we were smoking in the store. First we thought the guy was having us on, we weren't smoking in fact no one in the store was so it wasn't even like he smelled smoke and thought ye ill blame the niggas. Even the people sitting at the tables around us were telling this prick he was talking sh*t.

Anyhow one of my boys took the guy to the side to talk to him cos he could tell it was about to kick off, while this was going on the rest of us were still eating. After a good 20 mins they come back to the table n the guy tells us it was a mistake and we can stay. Obviously we told him were to go n he tried tell us we couldn't leave without paying. Asked him if he was out his mind like we don't know were you work and won't come looking for you @ closing time, took the rest of our food n left.

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we (I mean we as in ethnics) have all experienced this or something similar at some point, so when I read the story I didn't even get too angry.

To be honest, it's a lot worse in Europe. I remember in Spain, my friend went to the shop and they refused to serve him because he was Chinese :lol:

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i have just handed out my first neg,

so whats the deal do i get paid for it or somthing?

"nigga needs to know" B)

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