Sunday, May 1, 2011


The Waldorf -Astoria Hotel wins today's sensitivity award for forcing a waiter named Mohammed to wear a name tag that said John. He had worked there since 1984. The hotel's lawyers think that maybe it wasn't such a great idea...

An Arab banquet waiter at the legendary Waldorf-Astoria hotel says he was forced to wear different name tags at work to prevent guests from being frightened by being served by someone named Mohamed.

Mohamed Kotbi said the first time he was asked to do so was on Sept. 13, 2001 — two days after the attacks on the Twin Towers.

Kotbi, who has worked for the hotel since December 1984, said he was given a name tag that said, “John.”

“I put it on. I was in shock,” the Muslim man said. When he later went to complain to hotel management, he said he was told, “We don’t want to scare our guests.”

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