Why I refuse to take on Asian clients
Donald Trump branded a racist
Very recently President Trump was accused of being a racist. Speaking as a UK born and raised 2nd generation Indian Hindu I believe he is NOT a racist. I have some 12 relatives in the USA who absolutely refuse to speak to me because of my support for Trump.
My cousin once wrote on facebook “Protest this racist ban my friends” in response to the so called Muslim ban.
Well I was there on 7th July 2005 in London-the day of the terror attack and I can tell you that as a survivor I support such a ban (1)
Here is a video from a black pastor detailing that Trump is no racist (2).
Fergus Wilson’s brush with the law
Very recently Fergus Wilson, a landlord in Kent, got into trouble for banning people from Indian or Pakistani background from renting properties because they left properties stinking of curry (3)
I thought what a waste of time. Have the authorites not got anything better to do? I agree with him all the way and I only wish he had called me to give evidence. I have had the same experience with Asian people.
It appears that the authorities don’t care about us-the mass population and business owners. All they care about is political correctness.
Why I refuse to take on Asian clients for my fitness business.
Generally speaking an Asian will never do anything that will result in Asian making money and I can give you loads of examples of this.
If I sold a biro pen for a pound and a Caucasian person sold the exact same biro pen for £20 who do you think most Asian people would buy it off? Believe it or not, it will be the Caucasian guy.
Over the years I have had 38 Asian people come to me for taster sessions- they have come to me via my facebook page or website and with a name like James Bond they assume its a Caucasian trainer. Only 5 started training with me and two of them were more hassle than they were worth.
Of the remainder 16 didn’t turn up on finding out I am Asian and they never phoned to cancel. The other 17 on seeing I am Asian tried to haggle me down to next to nothing. When the haggling failed they all went to a lesser qualified higher-priced Caucasian trainer.
In other words, this has cost me at least £500. Indeed when I worked at one gym I would refer them to a Caucasian counterpart. I told my colleague to charge £70 per session and give me the remainder £30. The Asian people would rather pay Caucasian person £70 than me £30 when haggling me down to £5 per session failed.
Since then I have stopped doing free taster sessions. My leaflets have a photo of me showing I am Asian, I say all prices are final and not subject to negotiation and the first session is chargeable. If you take the training I deduct that from your first bill. Since then I have not had one Asian person come forward. The English have no problem with that
The only exception is that a Muslim- by the Quran must do business with a Muslim over a non-Muslim.
Please note that everybody is welcome on my fitness training programme so long as they accept that all prices are final and not subject to negotiation.
Sometimes such discrimination is necessary
Sometimes this discrimination is necessary for legitimate reasons.
Strictly no smokers and no medical students
When I was a student I used to openly write on my housing adverts “Must be non-smoker and non-medical student.” The reason being I was in hospital all day and having a medical student living with me would drive me nuts. I didn’t want a smoker because I didn’t want my house smelling of cigarettes.
A smoker or a medical student would not waste their time phoning me on seeing the advert.
It can work against you.
There was one lady who I spoke to who wanted a personal trainer. Her doctors had told her that she had obesity-induced diabetes and had to lose excess body fat. However, like me, she was of Asian background but had an English name.
When I saw her it was obvious she was not going to hire me because of the reasons given above.
A few years later I met her in the park. Both her legs had been amputated due to peripheral vascular disease due to her diabetes. When we spoke she regretted not training with me but admitted that she didn’t hire me because I was Asian.
She died a few years later due to a complication of diabetes, where the main blood vessel of the abdomen ruptures, I saw the news from the coroner’s inquest.
Being open about discrimination can be a good thing.
When I was a medical student there was one consultant who — reprehensibly — used to openly say that he didn’t want female medical students or female junior doctors on his firm.
If you saw his advert you’d have to ring the secretary for an application form and if you were female you’d be told not to apply.
Now although reprehensible you wouldn’t’ waste your time applying. However, consider this. If you did get a job with him through political correctness your 6-month post would be hell, he’d treat you like crap, you’d get no teaching and he’d fail you at the drop of a hat.
How the fitness industry sometimes has to discriminate
When I was a self-employed personal trainer at Fitness First we had loads of complaints from our male members because at certain times of day the smaller gym was women only.
Then men used to complain like mad.
However, there were legitimate reasons.
For religious reasons, some women can’t exercise in front of men. Some women find the free weights area of a gym very intimidating- effectively they are men-only areas. Some women sweat in embarrassing areas and you don’t want men looking at you if that happens. Some women’s exercises are somewhat compromising and again you don’t want some pervert leering at you when that happens. Some female gym clothing can be somewhat revealing and again you don’t want to be stared at when that happens. Lastly, when some women exercise the noise they make can be taken the wrong way and it can be very embarrassing for that lady if men are around.
How they had to discriminate in a job interview post
When I was a medical student there was one case of an interview for a family doctor’s post. There was one Indian on the interview panel and four English doctors. There was one female doctor of Pakistani heritage who was asked by the Indian doctor if she spoke Urdu which she did. The Indian doctor said that this woman would have to be appointed. The other members of the panel went crazy. However, the Indian doctor said that in the clinic’s catchment area there were a large number of people who may not speak English but only Urdu. As well as that such women may be uncomfortable seeing a male doctor for a gynaecological issue-as any woman could feel
The great Asian tenant and the Asian tenants from hell.
I used to rent my house out to students. I had one Asian tenant called Vijay who could only be described as wonderful-he lived with me for 4 years. He was like my 2nd brother. He meant more to me than my biological relatives in the USA. When he cooked his amazing Indian dishes he’d open the window or turn on the extractor fan. When he ate he’d put a tea towel down to avoid the soft furniture being stained with oils from his food. He left his room in the condition he found it.
By contrast, I have had numerous Asian tenants who were — to be polite- a pain in the neck. One group never opened the window on cooking, caused all sorts of problems with condensation and left the place stinking of curry. They didn’t get their deposit back!
In future for housing adverts, I will put a photo of myself on the advert for reasons given above. However, all tenants irrespective of ethnic origin will be made aware that on cooking they have to turn on the extractor fan and put down tea towels on the soft furnishings on eating greasy food.
The problem for Fergus is that Asian people would pull out the race card and I can get away with it but he can’t.
I don’t care what race, religion, ethnicity, colour or creed you are. If you respect the property, pay your rent on time, you abide by the rules of the contract then you are most welcome. I’d take on someone like Vijay again in a heartbeat.
No matter what you do for them- they are never satisfied. Nothing is good enough for them. This is my experience with some Asian people.
My programme Operation Mums in Mind
This is a programme for mothers (and busy women) designed by mothers.
There are several options after your 7 day free trial. It works out at £1 per day.
We also recognize that when you go on maternity leave your income falls by at least half.
We are now live streaming fitness classes across the internet from our studio into your living rooms. These are not recordings- they are live. This eliminates all problems of childcare, time, weather and fear of going to the gym.
Childcare is, and always has been, the number one reason why a lot of mothers cannot exercise.
The classes are done at 9 pm UK time when (theoretically) kids under 11 years old will be in bed. By that time its cooler (in the summer at least), the working day has ended too. You work out in the comfort and safety of your living room-knowing your kids are safely tucked up in bed.. You then get a bite to eat, however, you’ll then get a really good night’s sleep and wake up feeling energized in the morning- perfect for insomniacs!
Gyms make their money by people paying and not coming. By contrast, I want you to come at least 8 times a month and will ensure you do!
It breaks my heart to see people make new year’s resolutions and come December they’ve spent a year in gym membership, attended only a handful of times and its roll-on January.
I want you to attend, every weekend you get an invite to all the next week’s classes. you get a reminder 24 hours and 1 hour in advance. If you don’t attend you’ll get a friendly nudge. When was the last time a gym did that for you?
You’ll be well on the way to getting into tip-top shape by the end of January. You’ll look better you’ll feel better, your clothes will fit you better. You’ll get compliments from your friends, you’ll turn heads, you’ll get more attention and your health will improve no end. Just go to http://www.weightlossformums.online to have a look.
1 The 7th July London Bombings- the day I was almost killed. https://video-newsletters.tf/Skbb5i1ZB
2) Trump’s not a racist: black American pastor Darrell Scott https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O8SjI89yuI0
3) UK’s biggest landlord will not rent our properties to Asians https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UB1_WZW2rfU&t=12s