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  1. #1 False Racism Charge Too Much For One Man: Suicide. 
    Man kills himself after 'racist' joke backfires
    10:35 AM Monday Apr 12, 2010 Facebook

    When Roy Amor, 61, saw immigration officers outside his clinic, he joked to a black colleague, who was a close friend, that he "better hide", according to the Mail on Sunday.

    The black colleague was not offended, but someone in the office overhead the comment and made a formal complaint to the company, Opcare, which makes prosthetic limbs.

    Mr Amor, from Lancashire in the United Kingdom, was suspended, and was said to have been devastated.

    Five days later, he received an email from his bosses. Without even being able to get through the whole email, Mr Amor sent back that he could not deal with the matter because he was too upset.

    He shot himself that afternoon.

    "Roy made a joke along the lines that his friend had better hide in case the officers found him," a friend told the Mail on Sunday.

    "It was nothing more than a good-humoured joke but apparently someone overheard it and made an official complaint because they thought it was racist.

    "Roy was devastated when he was suspended and was worried he might lose his job."

    Mr Amor left three suicide notes describing his despair.

    His black colleague is understood to have attended Mr Amor's funeral.

    Opcare's chief executive, Michael O'Byrne, confirmed that Mr Amor had been suspended over the joke. "It's an enormous tragedy and we are all in mourning. I knew Roy personally and he was an excellent technician." Asked if he had any regrets about suspending him, Mr O'Byrne replied: "I don't want to comment further."

    Mr Amor had worked at the clinic for 30 years and leaves his wife of 39 years and a grown up son and daughter.
    Well, I certainly hope that the company busybody is happy now. The "racist" is dead, the black man has just lost his friend, a woman and her two children are now without husband and father, and the compnay has lost a good employee.

    Good job!

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    Doubt you'll see a DUmmy thread on this, and if you do, it'll be something along the lines of "Serves him right!".


    Poor guy. All this seriousness is turning into ridiculousness.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gingersnap View Post
    Well, I certainly hope that the company busybody is happy now. The "racist" is dead, the black man has just lost his friend, a woman and her two children are now without husband and father, and the compnay has lost a good employee.

    Good job!

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    Perhaps someone should charge her with harassment and bullying.

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    I have a neighbor named Lorenzo and I tease him all the time that I'm gonna call ICE on him and have him sent back to Mexico. What's really funny is that he's polish! :D
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    Quote Originally Posted by PoliCon View Post
    I have a neighbor named Lorenzo and I tease him all the time that I'm gonna call ICE on him and have him sent back to Mexico. What's really funny is that he's polish! :D
    It's not funny if you work for Opcare.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gingersnap View Post
    Well, I certainly hope that the company busybody is happy now.
    I'm all for having a word on the subject of hypersensitivity in our society (translation: why aren't they giving the name of the weasel who started this?) but at the same time, you do have to wonder how stable a person was that something like this would trigger suicide. Yes, I am aware of the cracked vase theory, I'm not talking about liability I'm talking about impact.

    I am so glad that I don't work for a major corporation anymore. I got so sick of this kind of passive-aggressive bullshit in the workplace. Workplace rules on deportment are supposed to prevent a hostile workplace, but no matter where you go there are people who take one look at the values and procedures and see weapons.
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    I wish all these busy bodies would stay the fuck out of other peoples business. I hate these fuckers that think it is their place to be offended for someone else.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Speedy View Post
    I wish all these busy bodies would stay the fuck out of other peoples business. I hate these fuckers that think it is their place to be offended for someone else.
    I don't mind dealing directly with someone who is offended for himself, assuming he really is and isn't just being offended to be a pain. What I can't (and won't) stand is someone being offended on behalf of someone else, or worse "if" someone else "might be offended".

    We had a case here where some people wanted to name their new business The Plantation Inn, because to them the building looked like "a plantation house" (aka Hollywood plantation house, but I digress). Two crazy old cat women objected in the newspaper because they thought it "might be offensives to African Americans" . I kid you not. I wrote a two word response to those women, but they never published it. So they ended up naming it something even dumber and more cliché : Patriot House.
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    A similar stituation occured to my old boss. He wound up getting a letter put in his file. I wanted to whip the rat's ass but my friend did not want any more trouble.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Phillygirl View Post
    It's not funny if you work for Opcare.
    what is opcare?
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