A FAMILY-RUN taxi firm that advertised for drivers stating “we do not want Pakistanis” has denied being racist.
Janet Cardy of Cardy Cabs in Port Talbot had posted an advertisement for staff on Facebook on Sunday (21), but said they did not want to employ Pakistani or “dark” drivers.
Engaging with some of the responses she got, Janet wrote: “No p***s”
She also told the applicant to try another firm who have “all foreign drivers.”
She added: “They like dark ones.”
These messages have since gone viral and the Cardys said they had been receiving death threats.
“I’m having people phoning our office, abusing us,” said Janet. “I’m having threats. I’m frightened in case someone [puts] our windows in or set us alight.”
Janet’s husband Howard, who owns the firm, feel the fallout had been blown out of proportion.
He claimed it was his customers who tell him not to send “p***.”
“It is something older people used to say – they do not like them,” he added.
“They prefer to get in other drivers’ cars.
“My experience is that most customers prefer white, British drivers.
“We had a foreign driver before, from Croatia, but people didn’t like him because of his accent.
“I am reluctant to employ foreign drivers but the one I have is good as gold.”
Howard said he had employed two men from Bangladesh.
Port Talbot Taxi Association chairman, Mike Allen, who is also one of its drivers, told the BBC that they welcome all nationalities both as customers and drivers.
“However, we are aware we need customers and drivers to be able to understand each other for obvious reasons,” said Allen.