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Contractor Loses Out on His 'Dream' £1,000-a-Week IT Role After Unwittingly Saying He Would Treat His Muslim Recruiter to a Baco

Business  (tags: UK, Contractor, job loss, unwittingly offers bacon sandwhich to Mu )

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An IT contractor was accused of racism and refused a £1,000-a-week NHS job after innocently offering to buy an Asian recruitment consultant a bacon sandwich. Clive Hunt, 58, had already been given the eight-month contract - worth £32,000 - and was invit

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Beth S (330)
Tuesday July 9, 2013, 3:49 pm
An IT contractor was accused of racism and refused a £1,000-a-week NHS job after innocently offering to buy an Asian recruitment consultant a bacon sandwich.

Clive Hunt, 58, had already been given the eight-month contract – worth £32,000 – and was invited to recruitment firm Reed’s office in Manchester to show his passport and provide bank details.

At the end of the 15-minute meeting earlier this month, recruitment consultant Sharika Sacranie, 29, shook Mr Hunt’s hand and said she would come and meet him for breakfast the following week, to which he replied: ‘I’ll get the bacon sandwiches in.’

‘There’s nothing racist about it. There was no slur at her because I’d already met all the contractors on site before and one of them had actually told me they had really good bacon sandwiches.

'I don’t even know whether Sharika is a Muslim or not. I’d never met her before that day but we got on fine.

‘When the manager rang me up to accuse me of making a racist remark, he just kept telling me I should admit to my wrongdoing. But eventually I got so exasperated that I told him to “sod off” and put the phone down.’

He added: ‘I’ve been out of work for two months so this is a massive blow for me. I was under the impression that the agency was just a middle man. How can it rescind an offer that was made to me by the NHS?’

Miss Sacranie could not be reached for comment yesterday. In a statement, Reed said: ‘Due to inappropriate comments made to members of our staff during the recruitment process before Mr Hunt started his new role, we do not feel we can represent this candidate further.’

An NHS spokesperson was unavailable for comment last night.


Sharon W. (4)
Tuesday July 9, 2013, 4:35 pm
This seems to be one of these cases where someone wants to be super politically correst and wreaks havoc in trying so.

patrica and edw jones (190)
Tuesday July 9, 2013, 6:04 pm
This political correctness has played havoc - and continues to do so - in our lives. Like the plague it is has no part in a well balanced society and too many people are using to their advantage.

pam w (139)
Tuesday July 9, 2013, 6:52 pm
YUP! SOD OFF! All she had to do was tell him she doesn't eat pork...end of story!

What a JERK!

Lee H (15)
Tuesday July 9, 2013, 7:23 pm
This is a Muslim woman who knows she can wield unfair power for something a stupid and inconsequential as a man not knowing this woman is Muslim and offering her a bacon sandwich.

There is something almost perverse in this story. If she was any other religion but Muslim, with all of the mindless political correctness in the European countries, she would have been laughed at for trying something as abusive as this.

This is another example of politically correctness gone berserk, and the English moron sell-outs who let people like this witch get away with it.

Tom Y (33)
Tuesday July 9, 2013, 8:09 pm
The best way to emphasize the absurdity of this official's response is to keep repeating the story. Let it showcase the servile stupidity of certain fearful people in certain offices...

pam w (139)
Tuesday July 9, 2013, 9:43 pm
ISLAM...the religion of perpetual OFFENSE. Every time you read the paper....they're OFFENDED by something...a cartoon, a joke, an action by someone else, etc. Honestly, why does the world bend over backward for these people when THEY are so offensive to women, animals, other religions and other cultures?

Beth S (330)
Tuesday July 9, 2013, 10:06 pm
Pam, you're so right. These are excellent questions, and the answers are somewhat complicated.

Much of it is ignorance and wishful thinking on the part of non-Muslims. Most people (including quite a few Muslims), don't really know or understand what political, ideological Islam has as its goal -- the subjugation of the entire globe. It's way too big for many to put their heads around. There are other reasons, and one of them is the political correctness that in great part has been manipulated by Islamists themselves.

There are many other reasons, but it's long and doesn't work for people who have a 30 second attention span.

But you are right. Islam considers itself the "perfect" religion, Muhammad, the "perfect man". Rejecting this means an automatic death sentence to Muslims according to Sharia. R&J remember who said it, but there was recently an islamic cleric who admitted that without the death penalty for apostasy, Islam would not exist today.

Keep on asking those good questions!

Giana Peranio-paz (398)
Wednesday July 10, 2013, 12:42 am

Stan B (123)
Wednesday July 10, 2013, 1:30 am
The more I hear about this kind of nonsense from the U.K. the more I feel I made the correct decision to get out 30 years ago.
If ever a country had a death wish............................................

Hilary S (65)
Wednesday July 10, 2013, 2:32 am
she who pays the piper calls the tune. or in this case, the agent of they who pay the piper.

you'd think by now that all britons would be well-versed in muslim dietary laws, as well as in all aspects of islam. and if they aren't, seems the extremist imams are doing all they can to rectify that, by sending members of their flock out on missions of egregious bullying.

Nikki J (15)
Wednesday July 10, 2013, 4:15 am
I read the headline and I had to open and read to find out what a 'Baco' was so perfectly understandable where a mistake may have been made.

In addition until a few years ago I didn't really know that bacon was forbidden in Islam until I experienced in an Islamic State and actually thought they (the locals and Muslims) were being quite mean to me saying that my favourite sandwich was evil - I was unaware of their belief and they chose not to explain to me I felt quite put out by their blasphemy attitude to my belief. Of course in hindsight if I had been aware I would have pick another food just because I was in their law but still it works both ways!

Tolerance is important by all.

Gloria picchetti (304)
Wednesday July 10, 2013, 4:22 am
He seems a bit flip to me.

Birgit W (160)
Wednesday July 10, 2013, 4:27 am

Past Member (0)
Wednesday July 10, 2013, 5:01 am
Agreed Lee!

Annaliisa Abramova (0)
Wednesday July 10, 2013, 5:46 am
Wow political correctness going over board.
This is ridiculous. Noted!

pam w (139)
Wednesday July 10, 2013, 9:14 am
And one last question....was she wearing a BURKA? Hijab? Because, if was he to know she was Muslim? It's VERY rude to ask someone their religion. How would he know?

Theodore Shayne (56)
Wednesday July 10, 2013, 4:21 pm
The Nanny strikes again. Sheesh.

Jennifer Ward (40)
Wednesday July 10, 2013, 4:36 pm
I find this sort of lawfare offensive. Multiculture means just that- if you live in a society where pig eating is a cultural practice you have to accept that 'culture' as well as your own.

Janet R (38)
Wednesday July 10, 2013, 8:36 pm
I think the woman overreacted. This is in the UK, right, not some Muslim country? I guess they really didn't want the guy. Why is everyone bending over backwards to accommodate Muslims when it doesn't seem like they are interesting in accommodating any other religion or viewpoint?

Lee H (15)
Wednesday July 10, 2013, 9:05 pm

Sounds like Islamic "strong-arming Jihad", a reckless abuse of power and pc.

The woman wasn't wearing a hijab or anything identifiably "Muslim". How was this poor guy supposed to know that she was Muslim? Maybe the woman should have worn a warning sign -- "don't offer me bacon or else you'll regret It"

But no, then she couldn't have set him up and turn his life upside down. Where would the fun be in that?

The best thing is to publicize this, and make people aware that this kind of scam is being played, so that others aren't trapped like this unfortunate man.

Sheila D (194)
Thursday July 11, 2013, 1:21 am
This has taken PC to a ridiculous level. It's at the point I'm afraid to say hello to the wrong person for fear he/she will be offended.
This woman is in America. If she is so easily offended, she came to the wrong country!

Beth S (330)
Thursday July 11, 2013, 8:02 am
I agree with your sentiments. It often looks like the Religion of the Perpetually Offended look for occasions to be offended. I believe the woman is in the U.K., and the U.K. is even further down the road of national suicide.
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