Saturday, November 15, 2008

Save Your Job, Have Someone Else Call a Cab for You

"A guy with a turban on is going to freak her out."
BBC's Sam Mason

If you are in the public eye, or ear, your words could mean never getting to say you're sorry and keeping your job.

The BBC's Sam Mason, only on the job for six weeks, learned the hard way.

Mason was fired on Saturday, and replaced, after an allegedly racist off-air phone call. Sam Mason of BBC Radio Bristol had earlier called up a taxi firm to arrange a booking for her 14-year-old daughter.

"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.

A BBC spokesman said: "Although Sam Mason's remarks were not made on-air, her comments were completely unacceptable and, for that reason, she has been informed that she will no longer be working for the BBC with immediate effect." source

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.

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