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  1. I hope that behaviour in the korean restaurant desists as they are breaking the law just as if an irish person refused them entry for not being irish ~ it works both ways

  2. They should just make a “No Irish” sign to save any embarrassment.

  3. ..and be prosecuted. Substitute another race, colour, ethnicity and see how that sign would read. There would be uproar

  4. Is there a reason why we’re not naming the restaurant in question – I presume something to do with libel possibilities? Could give them right of reply and then name an’ shame to save other people the trouble of being refused…

  5. Sarah, if any restaurant put up a sign that said “No Koreans” what do you think would happen?

    Rercy, you should notify the appropriate authorities about your refusal based on your race.

  6. GMF: my pedantism’s kicking in – going by the above they were refused on grounds on nationality, not race.

  7. Just to clarify, I was joking.

  8. Aidan: Nice point. However unless they produced passports how could the restaurant ‘know’ they were not Korean…
    without it being race based?


    Sarah: That caught me out. Nice one.

  9. Im with Aidan here. Name and shame that establishment with the blatant discrimination in operation. Truth is a defence to any accusation of libel

  10. ps rercy – you shouldnt be “still scratching [your] head about it today” – you should have been outraged. That was appalling behaviour on the part of the restaurant.

  11. Manna – is that the restaurant that used to be the Ailang (Forgive the spelling)?

  12. It’s quite astonishing that this unnamed restaurant would turn business away, but I’m with Rercy on this one. Maybe I’m mellowing in my old age, but I save my outrage for special occasions: I’d be more bemused than anything else!

  13. To be honest, I’m not naming the restaurant because the name of it is in Korean and I can’t remember it. Bemused is the word; I don’t know if it was blatant segregation or if it was a policy they had that day for what ever reason – I just don’t know. I tried to ask why but the language barrier resulted in confusion and I left. When I was up there the other day I had planned on trying my luck again and seeing if they refused us again; thus establishing if it was racial segregation but the restaurant was closed. At some stage I will return; watch this space.

  14. By the sounds of it they wouldn’t give a flying hoot if they were named here. They obviously have all the business they want!

  15. Hi Joanne, I’m not sure if Manna was called Ailang before, it has been around for 8 years and one of the original Chinese restaurants on Parnell street- either way it’s worth a try. Here’s an article about them.,1884