Patterico's Pontifications

9/25/2015

The Ubiquitous “Indian Restaurant Writes ‘White PPL’ on Order After White Guy Orders Mild Curry” Story

Filed under: General — Patterico @ 7:22 am

If you have Facebook or an Internet connection you may have seen this story. Listen: it’s something to talk about if you don’t want to spend the day talking about John Boehner.

Our culture of taking offense continues apace:

An Indian restaurant in west London has apologised to a customer for marking his receipt with the words “white ppl” after he requested a mild curry.

Valentine Restaurant in Southall said the mix-up was a misunderstanding rather than a comment on the race of the customer, because “ppl” was its shorthand for “milk”.

The note, added underneath the order of a venison curry, read ***VERY MILD, WHITE PPL***. Restaurant owner Ruby Kandasamy said that it was a reminder for the kitchen to use “a white sauce made from milk, single cream, coconut milk and spices we add to our dishes when a curry is requested mild”.

If this happened to me, I might wonder whether “PPL” stood for something else. But even if I didn’t, it would merit a chuckle, and a good story to tell friends and family — not a full-on whine that becomes an internationally circulated story.

Here’s an interesting question for discussion. Let’s take the restaurant owner at her word, that they really meant “milk” when they said “PPL.” It had occurred to them previously that this might be misinterpreted, but now they know. While it’s ridiculous for this guy to make a federal case out of it, it’s not crazy for him to interpret the message on the order slip as referring to “white people”; I think most of us would probably take it that way, and laugh. Due to the acknowledged potential for misinterpretation, and their newfound realization that they may be inadvertently sending the wrong message, the restaurant says they are going to change how they denote “milk” on their orders, to avoid misunderstandings:

Ms Kandasamy told the newspaper she was sorry “for any inconvenience and misunderstanding” and that the restaurant would be changing the way it marked mild orders.

Should they? READER POLL!

Should the restauarant change what it calls “milk”?
Yes, it’s an easy way to avoid misunderstandings.
No, they should keep the same terminology.

Poll Maker

UPDATE: There is such a thing as “white PPL curry!” Thanks to Amy.

Boehner to Resign

Filed under: General — Patterico @ 6:58 am

Donald Trump takes credit in 3…2…1…

Speaker John A. Boehner, under intense pressure from conservatives in his party, will resign one of the most powerful positions in government and give up his House seat at the end of October, throwing Congress into chaos as it tries to avert a government shutdown.

Mr. Boehner made the announcement in an emotional meeting with his fellow Republicans on Friday morning.

Sounds like he cried.

The Ohio representative had struggled from almost the moment he took the speaker’s gavel in 2011 to manage the challenges of divided government and to hold together his fractious and increasingly conservative Republican members.

Most recently, Mr. Boehner was trying to craft a solution to keep the government open through the rest of the year, but was under pressure from a growing base of conservatives who told him that they would not vote for a bill that did not defund Planned Parenthood. Several of those members were on a path to remove Mr. Boehner as speaker, though their ability to do so was far from certain.

Allahpundit says Kevin McCarthy is the likely replacement.


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