Complaint about mold infestation breeds racial remarks

Posted by James, 03 Apr 08

When you complain to your landlord about a mold infestation and she turns it into some racial thingy, how would you react?

Well, an interracial couple in Ontario had to challenge their landlord over a letter in which a mold complaint was answered with racial references. Vincent and Rebecca Cardwell told the Windsor Star that when they lodged a complaint that their house had black mold infestation that needed to be addressed quickly since it was causing respiratory problems among their children, their landlord Olga Crocker suggested the problem was caused by negligence and ended on a racial note.

"May I point out that, realizing that black people and those of mixed relationships have considerable difficulty finding housing, I decided to trust you. Evidently, this was a very stupid mistake on my part."

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Thing is Crocker claimed she did nothing wrong and added: "In any event, I'm a private individual. I'm entitled to my own prejudices. I'm not the government, I don't hire anyone. Is there a law against being a bigot?"

Do you think they should enforce a law against bigotry? And was she just dubbing blacks and mixed race couples as negligent? Damn!

Anyway the Cardwells are preparing complaints to the Landlord and Tenant Board and the Ontario Human Rights Commission.

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  1.   fkoi says:
    Posted: 13 Apr 10

    I don't know how it is in Canada but there are laws "against being a bigot" in this country. Perhaps the biggest infraction Ms. Olga laid out is that she seemed to think that, upon "realizing that black people and those of mixed relationships have considerable difficulty finding housing", she decided to do this couple a favor by renting them a moldy home. P.S. Anyone else see in the landlord's name an interesting combo of "cracker" and "crock of..."?

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  2.   Member says:
    Posted: 19 Jun 08

    Perhaps that Landlord need to go to the cemetery and look at what happen to those so-called-Bigots. Words not only hurt these days. They KILL!

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  3. Posted: 13 Apr 08

    Someone ought to sign up the Landlord, Olga, on this site....

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  4.   Rjai says:
    Posted: 12 Apr 08

    And "they" say Racism is dead in this country. PLEASE, the struggles of the 60's only taught the racists and bigots how to hide behind a smile and in this case a lease agreement.

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  5. Posted: 07 Apr 08

    dumb b@%*! I hope when that couple finish suing her , she will have to pay them rent....she is a total pig

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