Canberra cafe barista refuses to serve Indigenous man on father’s day

A barista at Hudsons Coffee has allegedly refused to serve an Aboriginal man at Canberra Airport, says journalist Amy McQuire.

The barista was asked two times to make the coffee, once by the man he refused to serve, who is also McQuire’s father.

The barista, known as “Troy”,  instead proceeded to serve the white people after him.

“It was only after three formal complaints and after my money was handed back that he made the coffee with no apology,” writes McQuire on a Facebook post.

After seriously considering all possibilities, the family decided that the only explanation “could be that he couldn’t be bothered serving” the father says McQuire.

“The only difference between him and the other customers was the colour of his skin.”

“In my view the onus should be on the white barista to give me a credible explanation as to why he refused to serve my dad meanwhile he was able to make and serve coffee after coffee to all the nice little white ladies behind us.”

This incident comes in the midst of conservative figures in parliament are debating whether or not section 18C of the Racial Discrimination Act should be amended to allow more “freedom of speech”. Just imagine how many more father’s days could be ruined.

Australia’s First Nations people still face un-parallel disadvantage in all areas: employment opportunities, incarceration rates, life expectancy, health, educational, social and economic outcomes.

And people like Troy don’t help.

McQuire – who was also a researcher on John Pilger’s documentary Utopia – also points to the increasing racist attitudes in society, as more extreme voices and ideologies are being legitimised as well as tipping over into the mainstream.

“I’m sick of making racists comfortable all the time – and unfortunately we’re in an environment in which they are becoming increasingly more comfortable,” McQuire concludes.

McQuire has been advised to lodge a formal complaint, but in the meantime she and her family are awaiting an apology.

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Full extract:

Just a warning when visiting Hudsons Coffee at Canberra airport. My family just had the worst experience there while my sister and I where waiting with my dad for his flight home. After being asked two times – the first time by my father – this white barista, named Troy (I couldn’t get his last name even though I asked), still refused to make one of our coffees, proceeding to serve white person after white person behind us. It was only after three formal complaints and after my money was handed back that he made the coffee with no apology. All of us mulled this over and over and the explanation could only be that he couldn’t be bothered serving my father. The only difference between him and the other customers was the colour of his skin. In my view the onus should be on the white barista to give me a credible explanation as to why he refused to serve my dad meanwhile he was able to make and serve coffee after coffee to all the nice little white ladies behind us. Why should the onus always be on us to prove racism – it’s just another way they get away with it! Excuses after excuses. I’m sick of making racists comfortable all the time – and unfortunately we’re in an environment in which they are becoming increasingly more comfortable.

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