When West London resident Stuart Lynn ordered take-out curry from his local Indian joint, he specified that he wanted it to be mild.
Lynn received this receipt along with his take-out order.
Lynn was outraged, and explained that white people “like hot curry sometimes.” He tells The Mirror,
“I was not happy at all—it said ‘white people’ next to my curry. It implies we can’t deal with strong curries. I do like a hot curry sometimes. I just fancied a mild one for a change. I thought it was very rude of them.”
He complained to the West London Indian restaurant, and swore that he would never go back to get curry there again.
The owner of the restaurant, Ruby Kandasamy, explained that when the restaurant staff writes “WHITE PPL” on a ticket, they actually mean “milk” (duh). Kandasamy tells The Mirror,
“I have investigated and can confirm it a misunderstanding. Under white ppl, we don’t mean white people, but a white sauce made from milk, single cream, coconut milk and spices we add to our dishes when a curry is requested mild.
‘Ppl’ means ‘milk.’
However, we have decided to change the way we inform the kitchen and will mention ‘add white ppl’ or ‘with white sauce’ to avoid any confusion with our customers. We want to apologize to the customer for any inconvenience and misunderstanding, we hope the curry was nice and he or she will visit us again.”
Phew, we’re glad to hear it was all just a mix up and not a racially-fueled assumption about white people and spicy food.
That being said, according to Popular Science, “researchers know that exposing children to spicy food at a young age can desensitize nerve endings.” Interpret that as you will.
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