‘I am a black woman. If you are allergic to black people, don’t come in’: Yorkshire cafe owner warns potential customers she ‘doesn’t bite’ after previous bad reactions
- Martha-Renee Kolleh put the sign up because of how she had been treated
- She said some customers walk out when they see the colour of her skin
- Mother-of-two serves British, African and Caribbean food at the cafe
By JAMES RUSH
PUBLISHED: 05:40 EST, 10 July 2013 | UPDATED: 08:24 EST, 10 July 2013
A cafe owner has put up a sign warning customers who are ‘allergic to black people’ not to enter her business after becoming fed up with patrons walking out when they saw the colour of her skin.
Martha-Renee Kolleh has placed the sign on the door of the Yeanon Cafe, in Ossett, West Yorkshire, which reads ‘I am a black woman…If you are allergic to black people, don’t come in.
‘But, if you prefer quality wholesome meals in a pleasant and clean environment, come in. I don’t bite!’
The single mother-of-three said she put it there because of the way some customers have treated her.
She said: ‘When they open the door, they see a black face. I put [the sign] there because of the way people treat me in Ossett.
‘Some people find the sign amusing and they say “oh yes, it’s about time you put that up”, so I think they all realise what’s going on here.
A spokesman for Wakefield Council said they were ‘obviously concerned’ by the issue, which they had not been made aware of before.
The spokesman added: ‘I would urge the business involved to get in touch with us as soon as possible.’
Ms Kolleh has run the cafe for two years, serving a mixture of British, African and Caribbean food.
She said a lot of people in Ossett had supported her, but if business did not improve she would have to close by autumn.
‘They just open the door of my cafe and once they take a look at me they walk out,’ she said.