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Bambu club apologises for telling black jobhunter: 'We need less Afro Caribbean staff'

2015-09-09 17:03:29

Bambu ClubBambu in Birmingham

A Birmingham nightclub has apologised to a black jobhunter who was told the venue needed "less Afro Caribbean staff".

The Facebook response was sent by the Bambu nightspot to a woman it named as Leeta Lee after she messaged to enquire about possible vacancies.

She asked: Hey, I was just wondering if you have any part-time jobs available?”

The Wrottesley Street club’s Facebook account responded: “Yes but we need less Afro Caribbean staff. Many thanks.”

The message was spotted by a string of other Facebook users who contacted the Mail to express their disgust.

Bambu ClubThe message sent from Bambu's Facebook account.

A later post on the club’s account apologised to Ms Lee and blamed an unidentified former worker.

The club said: “First and foremost we’d like to apologise to Leeta Lee for the very inappropriate reply she received to a vacancy request.

“We have stringent procedures in place with regards to our social media accounts and passwords associated to these.

“Unfortunately we were not able to apply these before a former employee managed to access our account.

“Many thanks to the Facebook operating team today for assisting with our dilemma and for helping to rectify swiftly.”

The club said it considered the incident a “failure in management duties” and would be reviewing the way it issued social media accounts to employees.

It said it would also “review protocol on when an individual decides to leave our employment”.

The statement went on: “We at Bambu are sincerely apologetic and extremely disappointed by today’s incident

We have nothing but love for the city of Birmingham and genuinely believe that 13 years of trading could not have been achieved without the diverse crowd this city brings.

“We have always endeavoured to create the ultimate party experience and will hope to continue to do so until you’re all fed up of us.

“Along with all our counterparts we hope to keep our lovely city of Birmingham up there in the best places to party in UK.

“We hope you all still love us as much as we love you.”

Ms Lee could not be contacted for comment.

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