Sunday, May 13, 2007

Montreal bar mitzvah

Dr. Peter Neumann had arranged to have his grandson’s bar mitzvah in Montreal at the Cultural Center in the West Island community of Pierrefonds. When the 350 guests showed up the janitor in charge of the Center was drunk. During the evening the janitor refused to restock the restrooms with toilet paper or hand-towels, sexually harassed female guests, stole the ice from an ice-machine the Neumanns had provided and tried to sell it back to the family, refused to help when some guests, including a paraplegic, were trapped in the Center’s elevator and when there was a medical emergency refused to call 911, insisting that he didn’t know the address of the Center.

Understandably the Neumann family was upset by this and demanded an apology from the city of Montreal, which operates the Cultural Center. The city of Montreal, trying to do the right thing, replied with a 40-page defense statement, which claimed, in part, that the Neumanns were lying when they said they were Jewish. Dr. Neumann responded to this by suing the city for either $20,000 or $70,000, depending on where you get your information from.

Since then, the city of Montreal has taken full responsibility for what happened and fired the janitor. I wonder if they also fired the SOB who figured that the Neumanns were pretending to be Jewish. I would have.

Anyway… Humouroceros

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