Friday, 4 December 2009


…de la Daily Post:

A customer claimed she was “mimicked” by a checkout girl when she asked her a question in Welsh.

Bosses at Eurospar, Blaenau Ffestiniog have apologised to Fflur Medi Owen, 26, and Elen Gwynne, 29, both actresses with Cwmni’r Frân Wen after the incident.

The women were performing at Ysgol y Moelwyn, Blaenau Ffestiniog and had gone to the supermarket in their lunch break last Friday.

Fflur, from Dinas, Caernarfon, said: “Elen asked the till assistant a question in Welsh – bearing in mind that Blaenau is one of the towns where the Welsh language and culture is at its purest – when we were devastatingly greeted with a stare of disgust.

“Elen then proceeded to check with her twice – again in Welsh – whether or not she understood (“Sori, Yda chi'n siarad Cymraeg?”). We were still stared at as though we had four heads between us, after which she then mimicked the sounds back to us in a very spiteful way, and still continued her hard stare.”

Elen, from Caernarfon, said: “I asked her if they sold any plastic cutlery before asking if she spoke Welsh.

“She mimicked what I had asked her in a racist way. I’m sure it wasn’t the first time she had heard Welsh being spoken. She just stared at me. I couldn’t believe it. I felt like I’d done something wrong when I left the shop.”…

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