There´s no accounting for bad taste and racism that is allegedly excused for being “just banter”, and a Domino’s Pizza supervisor in Wrexham, North Wales paid dearly on that account by losing his job.
Sam Hemingway scrawled ‘golliwog’ on a takeaway box handed to a black delivery driver, as well as writing ‘Kunta Kinte’ and ‘Toby’ (the names of the slave character in the famous book and TV show Roots), on the side of boxes given to Nathaniel Ramsey as part of his job.
When confronted by his colleague over whether he thought racism was acceptable at work, Hemingway brushed it off as ‘banter’.
But he later pleaded guilty to two counts of racially aggravated harassment and was fined £600 by Mold Magistrates Court.
He was also ordered to pay £100 compensation as well as £85 costs and a £30 surcharge.
Magistrate Andy Stubbs told him: ‘This is behaviour that has gone beyond banter. Some would say it was very childish behaviour in the workplace”.