So, a mate of mine is Asian and wears a hijab. Very lovely and gentle young woman. Wouldn't hurt a fly (I've been trying to get her to reform that particular behaviour in Australia ;-))
She recently went shopping at Target (Northlands, in Melbourne) and was refused service by a woman (elderly, maybe 60s, white). The woman told my mate something along the lines of "I don't like you" when asked for assistance. No interaction leading up to that. Just flat out said it and then refused to help.
A similar situation occurred when my mate was shopping at Woolies in Barkly Square a few weeks back. Again, an elderly, white woman at the checkout refused to help. Thankfully, a younger bloke on another checkout saw what happened and helped my mate while cheekily signalling that he thought the older woman was nuts.
I have encouraged my mate to report it. She's a little reticent, but I will keep encouraging her, though respecting her choice.
But, I mean, what the fuck, Australia.
I'm not so naive to think there isn't a bunch of complete arsehole racists out there (the recent Nazi plague in Melbourne attests to that). But I didn't think these shitcunts would openly practise their bigotry on the job at Target and Woolies.
Stay well, follow Aussies. Make this country better by telling these racist arsewipes to get fucked.
**Edit (6 hours post-post): so many beautiful people bringing their thoughts and experiences to this matter. Some genuinely heart-warming responses.
TBH, I am surprised at the lack of nasty responses. At least this community is full of decent humans. Hey, maybe we've just scared the racists away. Ha. I wish.
Would love to engage you all, but I must go off and pretend to be useful.
Have a great evening.**