Discrimination, as I have oft explained to Indonesians interested in the English language, is a word whose meaning has been debauched by pinko PC creeps.
It originally meant ‘showing good taste and judgement,’ an ability to distinguish between what’s good and what is not.
Then all the weirdos got hold of it, the professional whine lobby, and a fine example of its misuse is embedded in this report on allegedly smelly taxi-drivers at San Diego International Airport.
They seem ready to blame anyone except themselves for body odour, the testing of which is part of efforts by the authorities to make cab journeys nicer for people using the airport.
Cabbies say that smacks of prejudice and discrimination. San Diego cabbies cry foul over body odor test – Yahoo News
Anyone who flunks the smell test is told to change before picking up another customer.
- Leaders of the United Taxi Workers of San Diego union say the litmus perpetuates a stereotype that predominantly foreign-born taxi drivers smell bad.
Well, either they do or they don’t.
If they don’t, they have nothing to fear from the stinko test! If they do, they should take a shower or take a hike!
Amazingly, people who ought to know better are criticising the policy.
sSan Diego’s policy appears to be unusually explicit about sniffing out smelly cabbies….Seattle long evaluated cabbies for body odour associated with infrequent bathing and not washing clothes but dropped that test last month for a more general requirement on cleanliness.
“The industry didn’t like it and they felt that we were kind of overstepping: Why are we dictating to them? We don’t tell city employees that you’ve got to shower more often,” said Denise Movius, Seattle’s deputy director of finance and administrative services.
Maybe Seattle should!
No reason why their pen-pushers should be allowed to nauseate members of the public if San Diego drivers may not!