A London rail company has apologized for using the terms “ladies and gentlemen” and “boys and girls” after a self-identified “non-binary person” complained they were offended by the speaker announcement.
It all started when a conductor with a London North Eastern Railway, which is owned by the U.K.'s Department for Transport, welcomed boarding passengers with the age-old statement, “Good afternoon ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls.”
And that was all it took to piss off snowflake Laurence Coles, a (by his name and photos, presumably male) passenger who, despite whatever DNA he possesses, has decided to be “non-binary,” meaning he doesn’t identify as male or female.
“‘Good afternoon ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls …’ so as a non-binary person this announcement doesn’t actually apply to me so I won’t listen,” Coles blasted out on social media, apparently so bereft of actual life problems that he had time enough to make a case out of an innocuous statement that has never offended anyone with an IQ over 14.
And he apparently had company in Stupidville, as his friend, 28-year-old Charlotte Monroe, who happened to be sitting next to him at the time of The Great Offense, actually took the time to contact the company about their “non-inclusive” statement.
“I was sat with Laurence when this tweet was sent. Both of us are non-binary, and we were both alarmed and uncomfortable by the lack of inclusion,” she (again, anyone’s guess here) wrote.
But rather than dismiss the complaints as the absolute height of absurdity and selfishness, thereby helping the rest of society weed out this type of idiocy that’s now threatening to destroy the basic building blocks of a relatively sane civilization, London North Eastern Railway actually apologized for their slight against these two confused, bored individuals.
Here is their mea culpa, in full: “I’m really sorry to see this, Laurence, our Train Managers should not be using language like this, and I thank you for bringing it to my attention.
“Please could you let me know which service you are on and I will ensure they remain as inclusive as we strive to be at LNER. We’ve been working very hard with educating our people on why gender specific pronouns are not suitable in instances like these, and we’re sorry to see this has not been applied here.
“It is entirely valid for someone who does not identify with the terms used to feel excluded and as a business we do not accept that anyone should feel excluded.”
“We are committed to diversity and inclusion in all that we do for our customers, colleagues and communities," the company continued. "Our policies and procedures are reviewed regularly and in light of recent comments, we will review if any further changes need to be made.”
Apparently, all transportation services in London were ordered back in 2017 to stop using "binary" language to keep from offending the perpetually victimized.
And this is why we can’t have nice things.