Well this train journey certainly got a lot more interesting and political!!! The man serving tea and coffee is working his way down the 1st CLASS carriage when he serves the man next to me randomly asks for his ticket to prove he’s in 1st class then he serves the lady behind 1/2— Louis Smith MBE (@louissmith1989) June 7, 2018
An Olympic gymnast became a victim of racism when a waiter asked him and another black passenger to show their tickets.
Four-time Olympic medalist Louis Smith, 29, was travelling First Class on Virgin Trains when a waiter, who was serving drinks, demanded he wanted to see his and another black passenger’s tickets.
Smith took to Twitter and immediately shared the racist incident.
“This train journey certainly got a lot more interesting and political. When he gets to me he asks if I want any [drinks]. I decline. He then asks if I have a first class ticket, I said yes. He said can I see it. I said yes but don't you believe me? I show him, he accepts it and carries on serving!” he wrote in a series of tweets.
He added when asked by the other passenger why were only they being targeted, the waiter replied that “it’s my choice who I ask.”
The other passenger didn’t back off there and he went ahead and complained about the incident to the train manager.
The next 3-4 people he serves tea and coffee to and I or the gentleman next to me to notice he doesn’t ask anyone else if there supposed to be in 1st class or to show proof of ticket. Well the gentleman kindly asks why that is and the waiter says it’s my choice who I ask.— Louis Smith MBE (@louissmith1989) June 7, 2018
The manager admitted the mistake and apologized for the entire incident. He also told the Olympian that waiters are not allowed to check tickets.
“Hi Louis. Please accept my sincerest apologies for this. I have spoken to the train manager on this service at length about what has happened here and there will be a complaint logged and investigated,” the Virgin Trains East Coast’s Twitter account replied to Louis’ tweets.
Racism has gripped Britain and has become more acceptable.
In a similar incident, a popular restaurant in London was called “disgraceful” after a black customer was subjected to racism while dining with a bunch of white friends.
The woman, who was dining with a bunch of white friends, was outraged when she received a bill with “no ice n*****” printed on it. The group of friends reported the incident to the staff on the spot, but got “we don’t know how it got there” as a reply.
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