IT’S a fast food choice that defines Edinburgh and Glasgow . . . the colour of the sauce you slap on your chips.
But the ancient grudge that divides two cities has reared its head again after a disgruntled punter was told there was a charge if he wanted tomato sauce – but not Capital favourite salt ‘n’ sauce. Glasgow-born Tony Winters is taking his complaint to trading standards after a Capital chippy tried to charge him 25p for a small sachet of Heinz tomato ketchup. He says he is being unfairly treated because he is Glaswegian and that that amounts to “racial discrimination”.
Feeling peckish, he went to the Gold Sea, Ferry Road, and ordered a sausage supper for himself, and a hamburger and fish supper, for his fiancé and a friend. But he left with a real chip on his shoulder after staff told him there was a charge for his ketchup while the Edinburgh favourite –salt and sauce – was free.
He said: “I couldn’t believe it. Every chip shop I know gives ketchup free of charge. A condiment is a condiment.
“You can’t offer one customer brown sauce for nothing and then charge another for tomato sauce.
“I said I thought it was racist that if you come from Edinburgh you can get brown sauce free but people from elsewhere, who like ketchup, have to pay. They just said it’s what they do.
“We went to another chip shop and the guy was killing himself laughing when we told him. It reeks of racism. Just because we come from the west and tend to like ketchup instead of brown sauce. It’s clear they’re discriminating and I don’t think it’s right.”
The dad-of-five, who has lived in Edinburgh for 18 years, said he had never been charged for condiments – in the Capital or Glasgow...
He added: “I’m feeling racially persecuted because of a condiment. People might think it’s silly but I do think that’s what it is."
...Trading Standards said it was up to individual traders to decide if they wanted to charge for sauces and said there was no case to answer.
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