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calendar   Tuesday - February 09, 2010

HEY THERE BMEWS …. THINK THIS JOKE IS FUNNY?

“A man walked into a Dublin bar and saw a friend sitting with an empty glass.

‘Paddy can I buy you another’, he asked, to which Paddy replied - ‘now what would I be wanting with another empty glass?”

IF YOU THINK IT’S FUNNY AND YOU TELL THAT JOKE TO SOME IRISHMEN HERE ON THIS SIDE OF THE ATLANTIC .....


Councillor ordered to pay compensation for ‘racist’ joke

A Conservative councillor has been ordered to pay compensation to a union rep after telling a “racist” joke about a dim-witted Irishman.

By Nick Britten

Cllr Ken Bamber, who sits on Medway Council in Kent, was chatting with Brian Kelly, a Unison rep, when he made the joke.

He told Mr Kelly: “A man walked into a Dublin bar and saw a friend sitting with an empty glass. ‘Paddy can I buy you another’, he asked, to which Paddy replied - ‘now what would I be wanting with another empty glass?”

Mr Kelly, who was born in Ireland, said Cllr Barber had used the word “Paddy” offensively and was being “racist with intent”.

He lodged an official complaint and took the matter to an employment tribunal, which referred the case to the conciliation service Acas.

Mr Kelly is believed to have been awarded several thousand pounds compensation, some from the council and some from Cllr Bamber.

Cllr Bamber, 79, said that although the judgement had taken “a long, long time” it had not affected his job.

The councillor, who chairs the business support overview and scrutiny committee and sits on five other committees, said: “I could make a lot of comments about this case, but I can’t I’m afraid.

“The council have now decided to draw a line under the matter and it is finally over and I can get on with my job.”

Speaking previously about the case, Mr Kelly said: “I couldn’t believe my ears - we were in the midst of a racial discrimination hearing.

“If there’s ever a more inappropriate time to start telling racist jokes that would have been it.

“This man was directly responsible for deciding whether the employee in question had a racial discrimination claim and he was telling racist jokes himself.

“I am proud of my Irish heritage and family and I felt deeply offended.”

A spokesman for the TaxPayers’ Alliance, said: “This case has taken too long to settle and looks like it will cost a lot of money.

“It distracts staff from doing what they should be doing - providing essential services for people.

“These sorts of matters need to be resolved as quickly as possible and any cost should be borne by the offending party, not the taxpayer.”

SOURCE

I really think the guy who claims he was “offended” is a lying sack of shit!
Could not the joke be interpreted as the Irishman at the bar being clever enough and funny enough to reply he didn’t need another empty glass?
And even if not.  So what?  How bad and is that joke from a standpoint of racial insult?  What if Paddy just happened to be his real name?
Yeah I know, I know.  This crap is way outta hand.
The court should have thrown it out.


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Posted by peiper   United Kingdom  on 02/09/2010 at 09:56 AM   
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