Glasgow man say racism is behind Edinburgh chip shop charging him for tomato ketchup
“I COULDN’T believe it. Every chip shop I know gives ketchup free of charge. A condiment is a condiment. You can’t offer one customer brown sauce for nothing and then charge another for tomato sauce,” says Glaswegian Tony Winters of his alleged experience at the Gold Sea on Ferry Road, Edinburgh.
“I said I thought it was racist that if you come from Edinburgh you can get brown sauce free but people from elsewhere, who like ketchup, have to pay. It’s clear they’re discriminating and I don’t think it’s right. If something is morally wrong, I will shout from the heavens. I feel in this instance, it is morally wrong. We went to another chip shop and the guy was killing himself laughing when we told him. It reeks of racism. Just because we come from the west and tend to like ketchup instead of brown sauce. It’s clear they’re discriminating and I don’t think it’s right.”
Paul Crolla, owner of Gold Sea, counters:
“Fish and chips is an Edinburgh thing and people want salt and sauce on it – that’s the tradition. If you go west to Glasgow, it’s salt and vinegar. Salt and sauce goes with fish and chips, anything extra should be paid for. It’s not just like we offer two sauces, we do it so customers have a choice. For this guy to suggest it is discriminatory takes the biscuit. It’s like going into a car dealership and saying you want an electric sunroof instead of electric windows, it’s ridiculous.”
The matter will be settled by trading standards.