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The Bellinghman
Date: 2010-04-22 11:38
Subject: Career limiting move
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A colleague recently had a car accident. It wasn't his fault - a delivery lorry reversed into his car while he was stationary waiting for a gap in traffic before pulling out into a main road. But the lorry driver didn't want to admit fault, and started abusing our Pravin, calling him a Paki and so on.

(Pravin is, technically speaking, Kenyan born of Indian ancestry, and thus our token African, since we already have Chinese and Indian born employees - we are missing a South American, with our closest yet having been a Guatemalan.)

This is possibly a little foolish on the part of the driver, who was driving a lorry for an Indian company, delivering Indian food to an Indian grocer.

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The Bellinghman
User: bellinghman
Date: 2010-04-22 11:22 (UTC)
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Yes. (Though it was verbal, and therefore not technically affray.)

As Pravin says, the problem is that the witnesses were pretty much all Indian, and as he says, there's a cultural tendency among the older generation not to get involved with the authorities, so none of them could be persuaded to provide witness statements. So it's Pravin's word against the driver's.

On the other hand, as far as reports getting back to the owners of the lorry are concerned, that's another matter.
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