A notice in the car of an Irish taxi driver has left social media users fiercely divided over whether this was justified or just ‘rude’.
The sign warned passengers not to ask the driver “trivial personal questions” about his origin.
He would say, “Please don’t ask frivolous personal questionnaires. I am from Ghana, now an Irish citizen. Yes, I like it here. I have a Masters Degree (MBA) in UK. Please show me respect. must. “
The image was posted by Twitter user Luke O’Riordan who recently traveled with the “caption” of a taxi driver.
However, people were divided in the middle over the merits of the sign, with the post sparking a huge debate online.
The tweet has been reposted over 4,500 times and liked by over 55,000 people since it was posted Sunday night.
One person said: “Not all topics are acceptable. Someone’s citizenship status is not something people would like to repeat in conversation all day, every day. I think it would be rude and intrusive to ask such questions of someone you don’t even know. . Why should you know about this information anyway? “
But someone responded to that comment, writing, “Not all topics are acceptable. Someone’s citizenship status is not something people would like to repeat in conversation all day, every day. .
“I think it would be rude and intrusive to ask such questions of someone you don’t even know. Why should you know about this information anyway?
Another person wrote: “This is rude. Lots of nice taxi drivers around the world who don’t do this and are happy to chat. Where exactly should we start the conversation?
To which another Twitter user replied, “He’s paid to drive you somewhere, do you want him to entertain you too?”
Another Twitter user said: “If I were a taxi driver I would be happy to discuss my background, experiences and perspectives with anyone who listens to me.
“I learned so much about life, (different) politics and views in Pakistan, Romania, Somalia, France, Ethiopia, Syria, etc. in the space of 30 minutes. But each one in its own way.”
In response to this, someone wrote, “I don’t necessarily disagree. But maybe if you are asked the same questions over and over again, it can get a little tiring. I’ve been a little wary of people asking me where I was born and the inevitable “You don’t look like an Italian” for twenty years or so. “
One person replied: “It’s a bit rude to be honest. What’s wrong with asking him where he’s from (assuming he doesn’t have an Irish accent) and if he likes it here. Having a little pointless chatter is part of who we are. “
Someone else commented: “I love it … Being a person of color in Ireland (I guess he’s black, being from Ghana) I bet it’s not easy when clients ask him inappropriate questions or make false assumptions based on his race, accent, act. Good for him !!! “