Pub landlord sacked for 'racist' warning signs
Publicans have been warned about the dangers of using warning signs for quite the wrong reasons.
While no smoking signs can help a pub implement the smoking ban and safety signs, for example, can prove useful in ensuring drinkers leave the pub in an orderly manner, it is not a great idea to use warning signs to ban certain sections of the community.
But that is what one Cambridge landlord did, putting up signage telling travellers in the region they were not welcome at The Grove public house, a Greene King site, cambridge-news.co.uk reports. He has since been sacked.
"It is appalling," a member of the travelling community told the news provider.
"You can't exclude a whole race – it's like it was with the treatment of black people."
Colin Atkinson, area manager for The Bar and Taverns Company, which operates the pub, said: "We were made aware of the sign and ensured it was removed immediately.
"The manager responsible for the sign was new to the pub and is now no longer in our employment. The pub has been closed whilst we recruit a new, suitable manager. We are sorry for any offence this may have caused."
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