Thursday, January 29, 2009

Australia Townsville- A TOWNSVILLE man has been sacked for `un-Australian' toilet habits.

A TOWNSVILLE man has been sacked for `un-Australian' toilet habits.
Story from Townsville Bulletin

Another racism and discrimination attitude of the people telling that they are educated. What a bad habit from this kind of people, hey dude just look into a mirror and tell it to your self who the hell you think you are... A time will come you will be in 6 feet under the ground too...

So here's the story.

Amador Bernabe, 43, uses water to clean himself instead of toilet paper.

Mr Bernabe, a machine operator on a working visa from the Philippines, said it was his culture.

But on Thursday he got the shock of his life when his foreman followed him into the toilet questioning his toilet hygiene.

Mr Bernabe said his employer Townsville Engineering Industries (TEI) sacked him yesterday for not going to the toilet the Australian way.

TEI, which is located at the Bohle, could not be reached for comment yesterday.

The move has angered union bosses and politicians on the Australia Day weekend.

"I went to go to the toilet and I took a bottle of water when my foreman saw me and he said `you can't bring the water in there'," Mr Bernabe said.

"I asked why and he said it wasn't good but I said it's our way and he followed me into the toilet.

"I said it's my personal hygiene. I didn't break any law, I didn't break any rules of the company, why can't I do this, and he said he would report me to the manager.

"The next morning when I came in I went to punch my time card and he told me the manager wanted to talk to me in his office.

"He asked me what had happened and I explained to him and he said if I didn't follow the Australian way I would be immediately terminated and I said `sir, then you better terminate me'."

Australian Manufacturing Worker's Union state organiser Rick Finch said the incident was shocking.

"I think it is atrocious, an invasion of a person's rights and cultural beliefs," he said.

"The paradox of the toilet and a person's actions is something that no boss can even think about interfering with and the thought that bosses think they have the control to get involved in the toiletry is a gross invasion of an employee's privacy.

"If it wasn't so disgusting it would almost be laughable."

Mr Finch slammed the move as `bigoted'.

Greens spokeswoman Jenny Stirling praised Mr Bernabe for standing up for his rights.

"I commend the man for standing up for himself and I encourage the employer to have further talks with the union and the employee and I am sure commonsense will prevail," she said.

"I would like to see how Australians feel when they go to Europe where in places they don't have toilet paper."

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Anonymous said...

I think Mr Finch should offer to shake the guys hand after he's used it to wash his back side then. As far as travel to Europe, we know to carry pocket tissues.

The Spear said...

Hmmm...I have no problem with people using water as long as they clean up after them. It is not nice when someone leave their ass water on the toilet seat.

Edmund said...

sobra naman ito sir!
salamat sa pag-post.

Falqy said...

Dont understand why they have pbs with a person personal hygine

Anonymous said...

doctors recomend to wash with soap and water rather than toilet ..
thing here is
1.hygiene thing , well i guess filipino is very hygienic aside from they bathe every day no matter where they are even if they migrated 2 winter places .. nothing can stop them from taking a bathe everyday !
2.RESPECT - i guess we all have to respect each other as long as we all abide the law or the rule
3.ENVY - I THINK THE FOREMAN IS ENVY TO THAT FILIPINO thats why it came to a point that He have to follow the filipino in the bathroom !
4.DISCRIMINATION- Do you think if the one who did that “thing” is a german., do you think the foreman would react the same ? definitley NOT !
SO IT IS VERY CLEARLY STATED THAT being Filipino is really a HARDTHING … leaving his own country for a living coz GOV didnt think of SERVING FILIPINOS BUT MINDING 2B a silent CORRUPT gov officials !
Leaving Philippines is not that easy , GOV implimented rules to PAY 1st b4 leaving the counrty like POEA , TERMINAL FEE TAX when entering the airport!? ONLY IN THE Philippines !!!
WHERE’s the owwa’s ROLE in here ? Is it right that Filipino Paid PHIL GOV for ASSISTANCE ? DID ANYBODY from OWWA assisted that Filipino Victim ???
tsk ! tsk !

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