Racial profiling at the gas pump?
A black Montreal man is accusing Esso of racial discrimination and he's asking for a half a million dollars in compensation.
In a story first reported by Global News, Longueuil resident Patrick Dubois filed a complaint with the Quebec Human Rights Commission alleging he was a victim of racial profiling.
Dubois said he was gobsmacked when he asked the attendant at an Esso in St. Laurent why his gaspump was blocked when everyone else that morning was filling up without paying first.
"She said to me, 'Oh yeah, I couldn't see you, you were too black,' " Dubois told CJAD News.
"Maybe I misunderstood, I'm just going to ask again, you never know, right? And I said, 'What do you mean I'm too black?' And she said, 'I couldn't see you, your truck is black, you're all dressed up in black and you're black, I couldn't see you so I blocked the pump. How much fuel do you want, can you pay now?' "
The attendant has defended the action saying it was for security reasons because she couldn't see the pump. When CJAD News asked the owner for comment, he refused and hung up.
Dubois also wants an apology. He points to a similar case at another Esso before the uman rights commission.
"In 2012, things like this are disgusting, it's unacceptable. I don't think Esso should let that happen to anybody else. I know I'm not the only one. It's too much," Dubois said.
"In 2012, we're supposed to evolve not go back to the dinosaur age."
Photo: Patrick Dubois