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‘You looked like a Muslim so I went to the pub’: Tradesman refuses to stop and give a customer a quote because he looked Islamic – then changes his mind because ‘I have a quiet week’

  • Man claims a concreter refused to give him a quote because of his religion 
  • The Perth tradesman agreed to attend the construction site to give a quote
  • Customer Omeed Mehdi contacted the tradie when he failed to show up
  • He explained his absence, saying ‘you look like a Muslim so I went to a pub’ 

A man has claimed a tradesman made a racial remark after refusing to attend his construction site to give him a quote simply because he ‘looked like a Muslim’.

Customer Omeed Mehdi, from Perth in Western Australia, contacted the concreter last week via classified trading website Gumtree.

The concreter had agreed to attend the site to give Mr Mehdi a free quote – but he later failed to show up, explaining via text message that he ‘got caught up at the pub’.

However, the following day, the concreter contacted Mr Mehdi via text again, explaining the real reason behind why he initially didn’t drop by at the site as promised.

‘Look I drove past your job and seen you there and its only that you looked like a Muslim that I went to the pub,’ the concreter said.

But the tradesman quickly changed his mind about the customer’s religion, claiming he was ‘willing to give you a chance because I have a quiet week’.


Stunned by the offensive text message, Mr Mehdi then responded: ‘Nice to your business promotes racism! All the best.’

But the concreter insisted he was ‘willing to give you a musis a go’, during which Mr Mehdi replied: ‘Thank you mate, it’s people like you that divide the nation.

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