""On or about February 28, 2010, the Rodney Morgan family arrives as guests of (the) Ritz and specified… their preference to not be served by 'people of colour' or with 'foreign accents'," said the claim lodged at the Florida District Court.
"This preference was entered into the computer system of (the) Ritz at the direction of the (the hotel's managing director Edward Staros) with the further notation '… as per Mr Staros this couple is very very prejudice [sic] and do like like [sic] ppl of colour or foreign accents'."
Michael McDonnell, the waiter's lawyer, said that nine other staff members at the hotel have said they were told the British family did not want to be served by blacks or anyone with an accent.
His lawyers have cited the Civil Rights Act of 1866, which was passed a year after blacks were freed from slavery following the end of the American civil war, which makes it illegal to discriminate in jobs and housing on the basis of race." Telegraph
Well, the Telegraph is a British newspaper. So, I suppose this can not be dismissed as mere "Brit Bashing." English hotels are full of "colored" and "foreign sounding" help, except perhaps for the Connaught. Where did this family come from, somewhere in the wilds of "Wuthering Heights" Yorkshire, or wherever it was? Nouveau riches boors? Gadzooks! This sounds like a mirror image of the cartoon like Americans that I often see on British television. You know, the fat, ignorant, ill mannered, crass characters that provide such a satisfying contrast to the noble, wise, worldly and moderate British in these productions.
I watch a lot of British television. My wife is addicted to the stuff. My actual favorite British TV production is the cop show, "Waking the Dead" which I do consider the best thing of its kind, ever. pl