Some casual racism with your bingo balls

A couple of my friends are in Blackpool at the moment – and having a fantastic time, by the sounds of it.

However, they had a bit of an unpleasant experience at the Mecca bingo hall there last night. Here’s what they said on Twitter:



My friend wrote this on Mecca Bingo’s Facebook page:

Hi Mecca – just walked back from Mecca Blackpool really angry about the racist caller, only to overhear an argument between two other people who had been there who each felt the other should have spoken up against it. The people around us at the time were disgusted as well and regulars said they wished the caller in question would stop his bigoted comments as “he does it all the time” and it upsets people. Staff laughed it off when we complained but we did manage to speak to the manager in the end who was aware that this was an ongoing thing but defended it as “banter” and insisted it was OK because he doesn’t get many complaints about it. Is it Mecca’s policy to accept racism so long as customers are only upset about it quietly amongst themselves? If so, I’m just wondering how many of us need to complain before the matter is addressed? Thanks

It’s bad enough that such a horrible comment was made to the one non white person in the room, but even worse that the staff failed to handle the complaint properly. They should have apologised, and encouraged my friends to submit a formal written complaint that they could then take to their management. They could have shown that they realised that this stuff actually matters.

That this should happen in public in the middle of the second decade of the twenty first century is utterly reprehensible. Mecca Bingo really need to show that they take this seriously.


About caronlindsay

Scottish Lib Dem internationalist, mum, LGBT+ ally, Doctor Who, Strictly, F1 and trashy tv addict and blogger. Servant to two spaniels. She/her.
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