Petr Torák, MBE, refused catering service in the Czech capital because he is Roma – the interview will be broadcast in Czech at 8:00 p.m. CET

He left Liberec for Britain over twenty years ago due to racism. There he became a police officer, Queen Elizabeth II herself congratulated him on his work, and since last year he has been an honorary consul of the Czech Republic in England.

Despite this, during a recent visit to Prague, Petr Torák again encountered the treatment that prompted him to leave his homeland two decades ago. He claims to have been refused service in a restaurant in the center of the metropolis.

“What more can we do to prove that we are equal? All our lives we’ve been taught to act decent, to speak grammatically, to have a good job… and even when we do, it’s still not enough for some people,” Torák posted on his Facebook profile. the unpleasant experience of early June.

“I waited in this restaurant for about half an hour before they served me. I noticed that people who came later than me already had their food on their table when I still didn’t no menu, no water. The waiter’s approach convinced me that he didn’t want to serve me because I’m Roma,” Torák said in an interview with ROMEA TV.

He reportedly wrote an email to the restaurant describing the whole unpleasant experience. In that post, he also asked the restaurant to hold the server accountable for his behavior.

“So far I haven’t received a response,” Torák told ROMEA TV. Tabloid news server also reported on the incident, but the company running the restaurant did not respond to their written questions.

Their reporters then went straight to the restaurant for a response. “I don’t even want to comment on this, I’m not the owner of the company. I don’t agree with such actions – if this happened, then of course it was wrong. If he really wasn’t served, so it doesn’t matter if it’s black, green or white, it shouldn’t matter,” quoted an unidentified restaurant worker as saying they identified as responsible. daily restaurant operations.

Restaurant Švejk, however, rejects allegations of racism. Torák said he was not yet considering legal action against the restaurant and did not plan to turn to the police or, for example, the Czech Trade Inspection Authority over the incident. .

At the same time, however, the former police officer added that he wanted to highlight the ever-increasing number of such cases that happen to Roma in the Czech Republic in everyday life. “We have to point the finger at those companies, not just those in the hospitality industry, but also real estate agencies and employment agencies where such unfair practices against Roma also take place,” he told ROMEA TV.

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