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Pub bars man for wearing turban

2011-07-04 11:02

Brisbane - An Australian pub that has a no headwear policy was forced to apologise on Monday after turning away a Sikh man for refusing to take off his turban.

A staff member at the Royal English Hotel in Brisbane barred the man on Sunday.

A spokesperson for Spirit Hotels, which runs the pub, said the decision was an oversight.

"Our hotels have a policy where patrons may be asked to remove headwear to help the venue manage security for staff and patrons," the spokesperson said.

"However, in this particular incident, the patron should not have been asked to remove his turban, and we are attempting to contact the patron to apologise."

Umesh Chandra, president of the Global Organisation of People of Indian Origin and the publisher of Brisbane's Indian Times, said the incident was isolated.

"Even in the police force the turban is widely respected and allowed to be worn by policemen," he said.

"In Australia, this is an isolated case."

Comments
  • Bloodbane - 2011-07-04 12:24

    what crap, if it's the policy of the place then dont go there, if you do respect the people and take your damn head gear off!

      lakhan7 - 2011-07-04 14:02

      A Sikh is a Hindu. ...why the hatred? ...is it because you ignorant to the worlds diversity? is it because you religion is shallow, when compared to Hinduism? ( and one of its many branches , called Sikhism ) . God, as a Hindu, i will stop fighting for the rights of these ignorant people.

  • nuclear - 2011-07-04 12:40

    Last time I checked Sikh's weren't Muslims. Bailey, why is the supposed free world then becoming more racist than the Middle East? I thought we were supposed to show them the way democracy works . .

      Carbon - 2011-07-04 13:40

      You can have a democracy, but foreigners should adapt to your culture, if they want to visit your country. I cannot expect a government to spend money to make visitors feel more at home. Sure, don't judge or mock a person's religion of culture, but you cannot complain about something in a country, if that is their culture. Like Bailey said, don't go there!

  • G-spotWizard - 2011-07-04 13:30

    A pub is a private property and the owner reserves the right of admition. If you don't comply with the rules, you should be ejected. If you deem that the rules violate your human right or culture then stay away from the place. It's like going into a non smoking zone and starting to smoke and then justifying that your culture allows you to do so. I realy don't see a need for any apology. Sikhs should run their own pubs if they feel discrimated.

      lakhan7 - 2011-07-04 14:13

      If Sikhs do run their on pubs, then you would be bankrupt... you wouldnt want that - would you? As for Bailey, when you in an Arab country, you do wear your cross on your neck! The turban is like your cross! To the Hindu world: " These people , are still wet behind the ear. No matter , what degrees they hold they still never learn ...their culture shows lack of class, high divorce rates, high credit , poor budgets etc ..and they never live for tomorrow! We as Indians eg. Hindi speaking, Gurajthi Speaking , Tamil Speaking etc ) should not follow this bad their lifestyle - which time and again proves to lack morals, ethics . These people are slowly becoming like the hindu culture - they priest have stopped playing with young boys. These people are learning slowly. "

  • kullar - 2011-07-04 20:21

    Sikh are Not Hindu or Muslims. Dear Educated people You have to learn more about Sikhs. They believe in one god. Read their history, Read their wars, Read their role in world wars. They had gave their life for freedom for Western world. 85000 Sikhs were killed .

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