Sunday, April 25, 2010

And The Sanity Ran Away With the Spoon

The Vancouver Sun reports on a great "human rights" victory. A lone individual staring down--and standing his ground against--a government tank a la Tiananmen Square, perhaps? No, nothing like that. This being Canada, where the "human rights" infractions are Trudeapian-sized--i.e. Lilliputian--it involves a lone individual standing his ground against insults about his, um, cutlery:
MONTREAL — A Montreal family of Filipino origin is rejoicing over its victory in a school-cafeteria dispute that ate up a lot of money and time.
“Hopefully it’s all over and we can move on,” Maria-Theresa Gallardo said Saturday of a Quebec Human Rights Tribunal ruling that awarded her, and son Luc Gagadoc, $17,000 in damages for how the boy was treated over his eating habits at Ecole Lalande in the borough of Pierrefonds-Roxboro.

“Of course we’re happy (with the ruling), but we just hope (the school board) won’t appeal,” Gallardo said, referring to the Margeurite Bourgeoys School Board.

Even though the award is less than the $24,000 sought in moral and punitive damages in the claim of racial and ethnic discrimination, Gallardo said she is still pleased with the amount...
No kidding. 17 Gs just because someone made fun of your table comportment? I'd say that, all things considered, it's an exceptionally good pay day. Like winning the lottery without even having to buy a ticket.


Kaffir_Kanuck said...

When I first read about this last week, it was obvious the kid was mistreated, and some kind of disciplinary action was in order. However, compare the stability of living in Canada an have your kid deal with one jerk, rather than a fanatic wielding a machete, you should be grateful with just an apology. But noooo. The entitlement racket is still living with a breathing heart, playing on the heartstrings of all readers with the plight of a poor little immigrant kid treated like a maroon by a redneck who probably doesn’t now how to use chopsticks. The bigot should be happy the kid was using any kind of utensil instead of his fingers, not that there’s anything wrong with that either. You should see what my thalidomide friends do with their toes, but lets not got there. Wait, I think I’m onto something. The next time you go to a medium to high end restaurant, eat with your feet. If the wait staff complain, Bingo! Instant monetary gratification compliments of your friendly neighbourhood HRC.

scaramouche said...

You're exactly right. An apology should have sufficed--and would have, were it not for our "human rights" industry. It is worth is for members of "victim" groups to go on the hunt for prejudice since the pay off is so big.

Ms. Doubt49 said...

I think I'm going to be short in cash next week... Someone insult me, quick! Oh! The possibilities!
What will I do with the money? Visit Israel? Give it to my fiancial advisor so he can make me richer??

Jim R said...

Seventeen Thousand for them, Seventy Thousand in legal bills for us.

Mothering gone mad!