Tuesday, January 21, 2014

British health service sent black woman letter saying her password was set as CHARCOAL SHADE for hospital website

A black woman is demanding an apology from NHS chiefs after she was sent a letter saying her password was set as 'charcoal shade' for a hospital website.

Leanda Probert, 31, from Weston-super-Mare, Somerset, was horrified when she discovered the 'highly offensive' password in a letter asking her to book an online appointment with a pain management clinic.

The mother-of-one, who suffers from crippling condition fibromyalgia, said she thought NHS North Somerset was 'having a laugh' and 'taking the mick' when she opened the letter.

She said: 'I was very taken aback and highly offended.  'I understand these passwords are computer generated, but I just think certain words should not be included because they could be offensive to some people.

A spokesman for NHS North Somerset apologised for the blunder.

He said: 'North Somerset CCG would like to apologise for any offence that the password contained within the letter may have caused.

'The password was generated automatically by the central choose and book system with the words themselves randomly selected by an electronic database.'


I suppose it was a bit unfortunate but being offended seems to be a major industry in Britain.

If someone called me "PAPER WHITE" I don't think I would object -- though I am more pink than white these days.


Anonymous said...

its big business for American leftists too!

Anonymous said...

12:35 - Any business is GOOD business, comrade.

Dean said...

Any chance to be offended must not be passed up. No matter if the offensive term is a random selection of words by a computer. Go for the gold.

Anonymous said...

Geez!!!! Lighten the f@#k up!

Anonymous said...

I once worked for an ad agency that had a major bank client. We were using imagery from a dollar bill. The phrase "legal tender for all debts, public and private...", when cropped just right turns into:

gal tender
lic and private

Naturally a little old lady saw it and all hell broke loose. We were very popular with the bank for a while.

Anonymous said...

As Bob Hudson sang "don't you ever let a chance go by". Talk about a professional offendee.

Anonymous said...

More whining from the perpetually offended crowd.

Now if a white person got a password of "clear cracker" they would have laughed and moved on or probably not even noticed the "offense," but some blacks can find offense in a glass of milk (milk is white BTW)!

Anonymous said...

Seems like the lady was ashamed of her own skin tone, as that is how she viewed the phrase. Isn't that "self-racism"?