But forgive me for not being in much of a laughing mood, after reading this:
A medical technician killed himself after being suspended from work after someone complained that he made a politically-incorrect joke about a black friend.Note that: not the friend himself. Someone else, who took it upon themselves to be offended on his behalf.
Roy Amor, 61, who was devastated at the prospect of losing his job making prosthetics, shot himself in the head outside his house.That's it? That's the remark? Jesus wept..! For that, a man is dead? Driven to his death by some anonymous coward?
He was facing a disciplinary investigation after suggesting to the black colleague that he ‘better hide’ when they noticed immigration officers outside their clinic.
It is understood that the man was a close friend of Mr Amor and was not offended. However, it was overheard by someone else who lodged a formal complaint.And we'll never know who that person was. I hope they are suffering the torment that the totally-innocent, not-at-all-offended friend of Mr Amor is going through:
The black man, who is believed to have attended Mr Amor’s funeral and had known him for many years, is said to be ‘shattered’.But I rather doubt it. I doubt that anonymous coward has half that man's integrity, compassion and ability to laugh at himself and the world. I wonder if he or she even has friends, and knows what harmless banter between friends looks like?
And what does the firm have to say for itself? Are they bravely standing up for their diversity policy, and insisting that they are right to take action?
Are they hell. They are in full, craven, 'oh god oh god oh god what if the family can sue say nothing oh god' flight:
Last night, the female manager at the Manchester Opcare centre and a spokeswoman at the company’s Abingdon head office in Oxfordshire said they were unable to make any comment./golfclap
David Warlow, one of Opcare’s directors, was also approached by The Mail on Sunday. ‘I’m unable to comment on the matter,’ he said.
Opcare chief executive Michael O’Byrne admitted that Mr Amor had been suspended over the joke.
He added: ‘It’s an enormous tragedy and we are all in mourning. I knew Roy personally and he was an excellent technician.’
Asked if he had any regrets about suspending him, he replied: ‘I don’t want to comment further.’
Well done. Even if the anonymous coward that made the complaint will never be named, your names will go down in infamy.