Tuesday, 26 March 2013

Resign call after Weymouth councillor's Facebook outburst

UPDATED 8th March 2013: I'm sorry: Councillor apologises for Facebook post saying Costa staff "needed a good beating". Update below original story.

A SENIOR councillor has been urged to resign after he used a social networking site to slate service in a coffee shop in Dorchester and said the female staff ‘needed a good beating’.

Weymouth and Portland Borough councillor Peter Chapman took to Facebook to complain after a visit to the Costa Coffee shop, saying: “Terminally slow (and bad) service from the bone idle bitches at Costa Dorchester today, they all need a good beating.”

Coun Chapman, a member of the Conservative party and the council’s spokesperson for finance and assets, admitted that he had made the comment ‘in jest’. He said: “My Facebook status is private and that comment was not made in public.

Independent chair of Women’s Action Network Dorset (WAND), Toni McKee, said: “I think this is absolutely terrible, and there are no grounds for even joking about something like that. “I think he should step down.

Phil Gordon, of the town's Business Improvement District, said: “It is not an acceptable way to behave and hopefully a full apology will be forthcoming.

Read the full story from the source Dorset Echo



UPDATE 8th March 2013: I'm sorry: Councillor apologises for Facebook post saying Costa staff "needed a good beating"

COUNCILLOR Peter Chapman has apologised ‘sincerely and unreservedly’ for remarks made about female coffee shop staff on a social networking site.

Toni McKee, of women’s group Women’s Action Network Dorset (WAND), said she was glad Coun Chapman had ‘seen the error of his ways’.

She added: “It is good to hear that he’s apologised but I don’t know if it is enough to make up for what he said.

Read the full story from the source Dorset Echo

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