We round the decade off the same way we finish any update, with a tale of someone being a plonker. Oliver de Planta was a services administrator at Newcastle university. Four days into starting his position he sent an email to a BAME colleague addressing the colleague as Hash Brown.
He was ultimately dismissed for this email on the grounds it was racist. Traditionally a potato product served with cooked breakfast, Mr de Planta argued the name was changed by autocorrect, and, in event the term hash brown had no racial connotation.
Regardless of Mr de Planta’s intentions, it is easy to see how the any reference to colour could be reasonably construed as racist. Putting intent and offence to one side, getting a name so badly wrong during your first week of employment is a classic example of always proof reading. Had Mr de Planta done so he may not have been dismissed.