Retail giant Pick n Pay is in trouble again, after a human resources officer was accused of calling coloured people lazy.
Shareef Carlse was visiting Pick n Pay’s Tyger Valley branch in April, when he was asked by the manager to wait in an office; while the availability of an item was being checked. Carlse who is a former police detective, said that soon after entering the office, someone else came in and said, “coloureds just don’t want to work, they are such a lazy lot”.
After this -out of the blue- remark, Carlse confronted the man, who was shocked to hear that Carlse was not a member of staff. 48 year old Carlse left in disgust and sent a letter of complaint to Pick n Pay’s head office, of which a copy was forwarded to the Cape Times.
To date, Carlse has not heard back from the chain store’s human resources head office.
When asked to comment, Pick n Pay denied that such a racist remark was made.
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