After his first visit to Valentine in Southall, West London, Stuart Lynn checked his receipt when he got home and was horrified to find it was marked "WHITE PPL."
"I was not happy at all — it said 'white people' next to my curry," he told the Mirror. "It implies we can't deal with strong curries. I do like a hot curry sometimes. I just fancied a mild one for a change. I thought it was very rude of them. It was the first time I've been in there and I won't be going back."
Heathrow Airport supervisor Lynn, 44, said he has complained to Valentine restaurant about what he sees as a racial slur.
The restaurant owner apologised and promised to change its labelling but also gave a rather bizarre explanation for what was marked on Lynn's receipt.
"I have investigated and can confirm it (sic) a misunderstanding," said Ruby Kandasamy. "Under white ppl, we don't mean white people, but a white sauce made from milk, single cream, coconut milk and spices we add to our dishes when a curry is requested mild. 'Ppl' means 'milk.' However, we have decided to change the way we inform the kitchen and will mention 'add white ppl' or 'with white sauce' to avoid any confusion with our customers.
"We want to apologize (sic) to the customer for any inconvenience and misunderstanding, we hope the curry was nice and he or she will visit us again," Kandasamy added.
Unfortunately Lynn isn't accepting this excuse, saying: "What other colour is milk? I spoke to an Indian friend of mine and 'ppl' doesn't mean milk. They're just trying to get out of it."
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