The BBC's Sam Mason, only on the job for six weeks, learned the hard way.
"Mason asked the operator not to send an Asian cab driver. She said, "A guy with a turban on is going to freak her out." After the operator refused Mason snapped back claiming, "You’ve managed it before."
The original female operator had passed the call over to another operator. Mason then accused the first of having "a bad attitude", and said, "I work at the BBC. I’m far from racist and that uneducated woman has no right to call me one." The call then ended but she called back to complain.
The female operator who took the call was also fired from her job for illegally recording the call.
A statement from the taxi firm stated that "We confirm that a telephone call from Radio Bristol presenter Sam Mason to the company was illegally recorded by an employee. That employee was dismissed for similar offences on 3 November."
A copy of the call was sent to British tabloid The Sun, which broke the story on Tuesday. The Sun informed the BBC.
Under the watchful eye of Britain's big brother where your movements are monitored and everything is recorded, legally or not, you had better think before you speak.
Not that the BBC has any credibility. After the exposure of their announcing that WTC7 had collapsed before it even happened and their pathetic attempt to explain it away, you would think they would give a little slack to their employees.
Not a chance. Hypocritical political correctness is the rule.
Bill O'Reilly even got in on the fun last night with a feature on Sam and her mouth. He didn't speak too badly of her. Of course with his being a little bit higher on the food chain of radio and TV, he could probably get by with statements like Mason made.
Hey Sam, when you get another gig let me know. We can set up some kind of link where I can call a cab for you. I'll watch my words.