Restaurant is sorry over rude lyrics which shocked customers

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Restaurant is sorry over rude lyrics which shocked customers Restaurant is sorry over rude lyrics which shocked customers

A city centre restaurant has apologised after foul-mouthed lyrics from a song being played at the premises left customers shocked.

Diners were stunned to hear an obscenity blaring out as families enjoyed Good Friday meals at the buffet@bradford Chinese eaterie. To make matters worse, the offending word was printed out on the screen each time it was used.

One man was so offended he complained to staff in charge. He later told the T&A: “Would the manager like his children listening to this while enjoying a family meal?”

Bradford Council’s lead member for communities, Imran Hussain, said the affair was “distasteful”.

But the restaurant’s manager said the offending lyrics were due to an automatic music system which plays tracks at random. Dominic Leung apologised and said: “We will do our best not to let this kind of thing happen again.”

Retired biological researcher Stephen Lilley was eating alone on Good Friday afternoon when he picked up on the song’s obscene lyrics.

“It was simply not appropriate,” said the 67-year-old grandfather. “It was blaring out. There is no way children could avoid it.”

As he left, Mr Lilley voiced his concerns to staff and thinks other people also made complaints. “I think they realised they had made a blunder,” he said. “I was shocked, especially as this was Good Friday. We shouldn’t have to put up with this sort of thing.”

Coun Hussain said: “Whatever the day or time, in restaurants and public places, great care needs to be taken as to what people are exposed to.

“It is not the sort of thing I would expect to hear in the middle of the afternoon and people are right to raise concerns. I certainly wouldn’t want to be in that kind of environment.”

Coun Hussain said people with concerns about such matters should inform the council which could channel the issue to the relevant department.

Mr Leung said: “We apologise for any offence.

“Because we were busy, we put our music system on to auto rather than manual and so tracks were played on a random basis. We are really sorry.

“When we use the manual system, we can choose the music, but on this occasion that was not the case. We usually pick which songs are played.”

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7:12am Fri 25 Apr 14

Joedavid says...

I always thought it was special music that was used in public places like this to comply with Public Performance regulations and licencing etc..
I always thought it was special music that was used in public places like this to comply with Public Performance regulations and licencing etc.. Joedavid
  • Score: -3

7:19am Fri 25 Apr 14

linebacker2 says...

Me thinks some people have too much time on their hands if they're making such a fuss over such a trivial matter
Me thinks some people have too much time on their hands if they're making such a fuss over such a trivial matter linebacker2
  • Score: 3

7:25am Fri 25 Apr 14

bdsixer says...

u just need a PRS license tbh… I think that this would have been a genuine error as no company would ever intend for their customers to be offended and after all you only have to walk the streets of most, if not all British cities to find/hear something deemed offensive,imo…sad but true
u just need a PRS license tbh… I think that this would have been a genuine error as no company would ever intend for their customers to be offended and after all you only have to walk the streets of most, if not all British cities to find/hear something deemed offensive,imo…sad but true bdsixer
  • Score: 30

8:32am Fri 25 Apr 14

angry bradfordian says...

"As he left, Mr Lilley voiced his concerns to staff and thinks other people also made complaints. “I think they realised they had made a blunder,” he said.”

So he complained to the staff, the staff apologised and realised they had made a big mistake. So why did he feel the need to tell the T&A about it when it sounds like a genuine error?
And why is it helpful in any way for a member of the Council to be asked his view on the issue?
"As he left, Mr Lilley voiced his concerns to staff and thinks other people also made complaints. “I think they realised they had made a blunder,” he said.” So he complained to the staff, the staff apologised and realised they had made a big mistake. So why did he feel the need to tell the T&A about it when it sounds like a genuine error? And why is it helpful in any way for a member of the Council to be asked his view on the issue? angry bradfordian
  • Score: 12

9:03am Fri 25 Apr 14

Ratters Rat says...

If your out with the family enjoying a meal together im surprised they had time to listen to the background music. Sounds to me that someone reconised the song and knew the words.
Was the tape checked because in some cases words are changed so they can be played on the radio/public places.
Sounds more like they wanted a free meal.
If your out with the family enjoying a meal together im surprised they had time to listen to the background music. Sounds to me that someone reconised the song and knew the words. Was the tape checked because in some cases words are changed so they can be played on the radio/public places. Sounds more like they wanted a free meal. Ratters Rat
  • Score: -7

9:10am Fri 25 Apr 14

Joedavid says...

Ratters Rat wrote:
If your out with the family enjoying a meal together im surprised they had time to listen to the background music. Sounds to me that someone reconised the song and knew the words.
Was the tape checked because in some cases words are changed so they can be played on the radio/public places.
Sounds more like they wanted a free meal.
Please read article again says it was being played loud and words were on screen too, so seems no getting away from it.
[quote][p][bold]Ratters Rat[/bold] wrote: If your out with the family enjoying a meal together im surprised they had time to listen to the background music. Sounds to me that someone reconised the song and knew the words. Was the tape checked because in some cases words are changed so they can be played on the radio/public places. Sounds more like they wanted a free meal.[/p][/quote]Please read article again says it was being played loud and words were on screen too, so seems no getting away from it. Joedavid
  • Score: 15

9:12am Fri 25 Apr 14

Andr3wKay says...

I thought this place shut down last year?
I thought this place shut down last year? Andr3wKay
  • Score: -5

12:09pm Fri 25 Apr 14

Prisoner Cell Block A says...

angry bradfordian wrote:
"As he left, Mr Lilley voiced his concerns to staff and thinks other people also made complaints. “I think they realised they had made a blunder,” he said.”

So he complained to the staff, the staff apologised and realised they had made a big mistake. So why did he feel the need to tell the T&A about it when it sounds like a genuine error?
And why is it helpful in any way for a member of the Council to be asked his view on the issue?
Indeed, fire up the outrage bus. Someone wants a ride, possibly a free ride.
[quote][p][bold]angry bradfordian[/bold] wrote: "As he left, Mr Lilley voiced his concerns to staff and thinks other people also made complaints. “I think they realised they had made a blunder,” he said.” So he complained to the staff, the staff apologised and realised they had made a big mistake. So why did he feel the need to tell the T&A about it when it sounds like a genuine error? And why is it helpful in any way for a member of the Council to be asked his view on the issue?[/p][/quote]Indeed, fire up the outrage bus. Someone wants a ride, possibly a free ride. Prisoner Cell Block A
  • Score: 14

12:13pm Fri 25 Apr 14

The Hoffster says...

linebacker2 wrote:
Me thinks some people have too much time on their hands if they're making such a fuss over such a trivial matter
If this was an Asian-owned business, you'd be all over this like a rash.

Since it's the Chinese folk, you can't be bothered.

You vile hypocrite.
[quote][p][bold]linebacker2[/bold] wrote: Me thinks some people have too much time on their hands if they're making such a fuss over such a trivial matter[/p][/quote]If this was an Asian-owned business, you'd be all over this like a rash. Since it's the Chinese folk, you can't be bothered. You vile hypocrite. The Hoffster
  • Score: -3

12:14pm Fri 25 Apr 14

Not so simple says...

What a waste of an article

The city and it's suburbs are dying and the locals complain about music!
What a waste of an article The city and it's suburbs are dying and the locals complain about music! Not so simple
  • Score: -1

1:11pm Fri 25 Apr 14

Smell the coffee says...

It could have been worst, it could have been One Direction
It could have been worst, it could have been One Direction Smell the coffee
  • Score: 37

1:27pm Fri 25 Apr 14

Theadora says...

The Hoffster wrote:
linebacker2 wrote:
Me thinks some people have too much time on their hands if they're making such a fuss over such a trivial matter
If this was an Asian-owned business, you'd be all over this like a rash.

Since it's the Chinese folk, you can't be bothered.

You vile hypocrite.
Erm..the last time I checked China was in Asia.
[quote][p][bold]The Hoffster[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]linebacker2[/bold] wrote: Me thinks some people have too much time on their hands if they're making such a fuss over such a trivial matter[/p][/quote]If this was an Asian-owned business, you'd be all over this like a rash. Since it's the Chinese folk, you can't be bothered. You vile hypocrite.[/p][/quote]Erm..the last time I checked China was in Asia. Theadora
  • Score: 40

1:45pm Fri 25 Apr 14

linebacker2 says...

The Hoffster wrote:
linebacker2 wrote:
Me thinks some people have too much time on their hands if they're making such a fuss over such a trivial matter
If this was an Asian-owned business, you'd be all over this like a rash.

Since it's the Chinese folk, you can't be bothered.

You vile hypocrite.
Like most others on here I hadn't even considered the ethnicity of the folks running the restaurant in question..
[quote][p][bold]The Hoffster[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]linebacker2[/bold] wrote: Me thinks some people have too much time on their hands if they're making such a fuss over such a trivial matter[/p][/quote]If this was an Asian-owned business, you'd be all over this like a rash. Since it's the Chinese folk, you can't be bothered. You vile hypocrite.[/p][/quote]Like most others on here I hadn't even considered the ethnicity of the folks running the restaurant in question.. linebacker2
  • Score: 28

2:53pm Fri 25 Apr 14

RollandSmoke says...

Ah the joys of an automated system. Isn't it great that we have all these labour saving devices at a time of mass unemployment? You can never be held accountable for the actions of a non tax paying machine can you? And so productive as well. Some of these non tax paying machines can do the work of a hundred men. Any suggestions what the hundred men should do?
Ah the joys of an automated system. Isn't it great that we have all these labour saving devices at a time of mass unemployment? You can never be held accountable for the actions of a non tax paying machine can you? And so productive as well. Some of these non tax paying machines can do the work of a hundred men. Any suggestions what the hundred men should do? RollandSmoke
  • Score: -9

2:55pm Fri 25 Apr 14

The Hoffster says...

Theadora wrote:
The Hoffster wrote:
linebacker2 wrote:
Me thinks some people have too much time on their hands if they're making such a fuss over such a trivial matter
If this was an Asian-owned business, you'd be all over this like a rash.

Since it's the Chinese folk, you can't be bothered.

You vile hypocrite.
Erm..the last time I checked China was in Asia.
You know what I meant, hypocrite.
[quote][p][bold]Theadora[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]The Hoffster[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]linebacker2[/bold] wrote: Me thinks some people have too much time on their hands if they're making such a fuss over such a trivial matter[/p][/quote]If this was an Asian-owned business, you'd be all over this like a rash. Since it's the Chinese folk, you can't be bothered. You vile hypocrite.[/p][/quote]Erm..the last time I checked China was in Asia.[/p][/quote]You know what I meant, hypocrite. The Hoffster
  • Score: -25

2:56pm Fri 25 Apr 14

linebacker2 says...

RollandSmoke wrote:
Ah the joys of an automated system. Isn't it great that we have all these labour saving devices at a time of mass unemployment? You can never be held accountable for the actions of a non tax paying machine can you? And so productive as well. Some of these non tax paying machines can do the work of a hundred men. Any suggestions what the hundred men should do?
You suggesting every restaurant has to hire a permanent live band? Fancy paying £20 for a bic mac & fries....
[quote][p][bold]RollandSmoke[/bold] wrote: Ah the joys of an automated system. Isn't it great that we have all these labour saving devices at a time of mass unemployment? You can never be held accountable for the actions of a non tax paying machine can you? And so productive as well. Some of these non tax paying machines can do the work of a hundred men. Any suggestions what the hundred men should do?[/p][/quote]You suggesting every restaurant has to hire a permanent live band? Fancy paying £20 for a bic mac & fries.... linebacker2
  • Score: 13

3:19pm Fri 25 Apr 14

RollandSmoke says...

linebacker2 wrote:
RollandSmoke wrote:
Ah the joys of an automated system. Isn't it great that we have all these labour saving devices at a time of mass unemployment? You can never be held accountable for the actions of a non tax paying machine can you? And so productive as well. Some of these non tax paying machines can do the work of a hundred men. Any suggestions what the hundred men should do?
You suggesting every restaurant has to hire a permanent live band? Fancy paying £20 for a bic mac & fries....
That would be a bit extreme. My point was about automation in general and the number of jobs lost to it. We all point fingers and blame our jobs crisis on immigration but seldom if ever is the rise of the robot in the workplace mentioned. It's not a new concept. The Luddites realised long ago that when the mill owners got the machines in that would be their livelyhoods gone. If the companies were paying the tax that they should be due to the increased productivity of their automated systems then there wouldn't be a problem and we could fund the NHS, pensions, benefits ect. but they tend not to want to do so.
[quote][p][bold]linebacker2[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]RollandSmoke[/bold] wrote: Ah the joys of an automated system. Isn't it great that we have all these labour saving devices at a time of mass unemployment? You can never be held accountable for the actions of a non tax paying machine can you? And so productive as well. Some of these non tax paying machines can do the work of a hundred men. Any suggestions what the hundred men should do?[/p][/quote]You suggesting every restaurant has to hire a permanent live band? Fancy paying £20 for a bic mac & fries....[/p][/quote]That would be a bit extreme. My point was about automation in general and the number of jobs lost to it. We all point fingers and blame our jobs crisis on immigration but seldom if ever is the rise of the robot in the workplace mentioned. It's not a new concept. The Luddites realised long ago that when the mill owners got the machines in that would be their livelyhoods gone. If the companies were paying the tax that they should be due to the increased productivity of their automated systems then there wouldn't be a problem and we could fund the NHS, pensions, benefits ect. but they tend not to want to do so. RollandSmoke
  • Score: -12

3:22pm Fri 25 Apr 14

hx3bantam says...

I know a certain Beautiful South song that had a sanitized version for airplay keeps getting played by mistake in various places. I've heard it in an HMV and at the Trafford Centre. I wonder if this was it! Even so if you don't make a big deal of it the kids won't care!
I know a certain Beautiful South song that had a sanitized version for airplay keeps getting played by mistake in various places. I've heard it in an HMV and at the Trafford Centre. I wonder if this was it! Even so if you don't make a big deal of it the kids won't care! hx3bantam
  • Score: 8

3:57pm Fri 25 Apr 14

linebacker2 says...

RollandSmoke wrote:
linebacker2 wrote:
RollandSmoke wrote:
Ah the joys of an automated system. Isn't it great that we have all these labour saving devices at a time of mass unemployment? You can never be held accountable for the actions of a non tax paying machine can you? And so productive as well. Some of these non tax paying machines can do the work of a hundred men. Any suggestions what the hundred men should do?
You suggesting every restaurant has to hire a permanent live band? Fancy paying £20 for a bic mac & fries....
That would be a bit extreme. My point was about automation in general and the number of jobs lost to it. We all point fingers and blame our jobs crisis on immigration but seldom if ever is the rise of the robot in the workplace mentioned. It's not a new concept. The Luddites realised long ago that when the mill owners got the machines in that would be their livelyhoods gone. If the companies were paying the tax that they should be due to the increased productivity of their automated systems then there wouldn't be a problem and we could fund the NHS, pensions, benefits ect. but they tend not to want to do so.
The internet has been one of the most disruptive technologies in modern history, but you're quite happy to use the internet to praise the Luddites - clearly irony isn't your strong point!

Thought you'd stick to your principles and pay some unemployed people to print leaflets of your message on a hand operated print press ;-)
[quote][p][bold]RollandSmoke[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]linebacker2[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]RollandSmoke[/bold] wrote: Ah the joys of an automated system. Isn't it great that we have all these labour saving devices at a time of mass unemployment? You can never be held accountable for the actions of a non tax paying machine can you? And so productive as well. Some of these non tax paying machines can do the work of a hundred men. Any suggestions what the hundred men should do?[/p][/quote]You suggesting every restaurant has to hire a permanent live band? Fancy paying £20 for a bic mac & fries....[/p][/quote]That would be a bit extreme. My point was about automation in general and the number of jobs lost to it. We all point fingers and blame our jobs crisis on immigration but seldom if ever is the rise of the robot in the workplace mentioned. It's not a new concept. The Luddites realised long ago that when the mill owners got the machines in that would be their livelyhoods gone. If the companies were paying the tax that they should be due to the increased productivity of their automated systems then there wouldn't be a problem and we could fund the NHS, pensions, benefits ect. but they tend not to want to do so.[/p][/quote]The internet has been one of the most disruptive technologies in modern history, but you're quite happy to use the internet to praise the Luddites - clearly irony isn't your strong point! Thought you'd stick to your principles and pay some unemployed people to print leaflets of your message on a hand operated print press ;-) linebacker2
  • Score: 12

4:15pm Fri 25 Apr 14

RollandSmoke says...

linebacker2 wrote:
RollandSmoke wrote:
linebacker2 wrote:
RollandSmoke wrote:
Ah the joys of an automated system. Isn't it great that we have all these labour saving devices at a time of mass unemployment? You can never be held accountable for the actions of a non tax paying machine can you? And so productive as well. Some of these non tax paying machines can do the work of a hundred men. Any suggestions what the hundred men should do?
You suggesting every restaurant has to hire a permanent live band? Fancy paying £20 for a bic mac & fries....
That would be a bit extreme. My point was about automation in general and the number of jobs lost to it. We all point fingers and blame our jobs crisis on immigration but seldom if ever is the rise of the robot in the workplace mentioned. It's not a new concept. The Luddites realised long ago that when the mill owners got the machines in that would be their livelyhoods gone. If the companies were paying the tax that they should be due to the increased productivity of their automated systems then there wouldn't be a problem and we could fund the NHS, pensions, benefits ect. but they tend not to want to do so.
The internet has been one of the most disruptive technologies in modern history, but you're quite happy to use the internet to praise the Luddites - clearly irony isn't your strong point!

Thought you'd stick to your principles and pay some unemployed people to print leaflets of your message on a hand operated print press ;-)
New technology in itself isn't a bad thing but if the benefits of new technology are felt only by those replacing staff with machinery then this merely contributes further to the wealth gap and results in more unemployment which taxpayers such as yourself must pay for in order that the companies can get away with stashing their profits from their highly productive machines in off shore tax havens. Re the internet it's a shame that BT was privatised just as the demand for their telecommunications infrastructure started to pick up. Had it remained a nationalised industry we would have been quids in but I'm sure there are a few Tories that will have pocketed enough that the loss to everyone else seems worthwhile.
[quote][p][bold]linebacker2[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]RollandSmoke[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]linebacker2[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]RollandSmoke[/bold] wrote: Ah the joys of an automated system. Isn't it great that we have all these labour saving devices at a time of mass unemployment? You can never be held accountable for the actions of a non tax paying machine can you? And so productive as well. Some of these non tax paying machines can do the work of a hundred men. Any suggestions what the hundred men should do?[/p][/quote]You suggesting every restaurant has to hire a permanent live band? Fancy paying £20 for a bic mac & fries....[/p][/quote]That would be a bit extreme. My point was about automation in general and the number of jobs lost to it. We all point fingers and blame our jobs crisis on immigration but seldom if ever is the rise of the robot in the workplace mentioned. It's not a new concept. The Luddites realised long ago that when the mill owners got the machines in that would be their livelyhoods gone. If the companies were paying the tax that they should be due to the increased productivity of their automated systems then there wouldn't be a problem and we could fund the NHS, pensions, benefits ect. but they tend not to want to do so.[/p][/quote]The internet has been one of the most disruptive technologies in modern history, but you're quite happy to use the internet to praise the Luddites - clearly irony isn't your strong point! Thought you'd stick to your principles and pay some unemployed people to print leaflets of your message on a hand operated print press ;-)[/p][/quote]New technology in itself isn't a bad thing but if the benefits of new technology are felt only by those replacing staff with machinery then this merely contributes further to the wealth gap and results in more unemployment which taxpayers such as yourself must pay for in order that the companies can get away with stashing their profits from their highly productive machines in off shore tax havens. Re the internet it's a shame that BT was privatised just as the demand for their telecommunications infrastructure started to pick up. Had it remained a nationalised industry we would have been quids in but I'm sure there are a few Tories that will have pocketed enough that the loss to everyone else seems worthwhile. RollandSmoke
  • Score: -8

10:57pm Fri 25 Apr 14

puddingandpi says...

But What Was The Song? I've read through the article & the comments 3 times & I can't see anywhere what the song's title was or who the artist was. I'm dying of curiousity to know what was so offensive!
But What Was The Song? I've read through the article & the comments 3 times & I can't see anywhere what the song's title was or who the artist was. I'm dying of curiousity to know what was so offensive! puddingandpi
  • Score: 11

11:14am Mon 28 Apr 14

carolyne74 says...

puddingandpi wrote:
But What Was The Song? I've read through the article & the comments 3 times & I can't see anywhere what the song's title was or who the artist was. I'm dying of curiousity to know what was so offensive!
Yeah, I'm dying to know what it was as well!
[quote][p][bold]puddingandpi[/bold] wrote: But What Was The Song? I've read through the article & the comments 3 times & I can't see anywhere what the song's title was or who the artist was. I'm dying of curiousity to know what was so offensive![/p][/quote]Yeah, I'm dying to know what it was as well! carolyne74
  • Score: 5

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