Woman charged over Bondi train racist rant

A woman filmed allegedly racially abusing and threatening passengers on a Bondi-bound train while nursing a child has been tracked down by police and charged.

Rebecca Blessington, 28, has been charged with using offensive language after video emerged of a woman in a racist tirade against Asian passengers.

The footage, which was filmed by another passenger at 8.30am on Tuesday April 8, allegedly shows the Merrylands West woman racially taunt fellow passengers while bouncing the child on her knee.
 
At one stage she gets to her feet and stands over a woman saying “I’ll hurt you” and “don’t underestimate me” while carrying the child in her arms.

“Youse (sic) aren’t citizens. You come in here and take our country ya —–. You know it too. And guess what mate — there’s a war comin’. A war between us and youse (sic),” she says.

The video was filmed during the morning peak hour between Town Hall and Bondi Junction.

Rebecca Blessington, 28, will face court over an alleged racist rant on a Sydney train. (supplied)

During the tirade, the woman claims to be of Aboriginal descent and calls the women “scum”.

“You know the ones that were here first? The black fellas, the Kooris, which I am. This is our country mate.”

Officers visited Blessington’s home this morning and she is set to appear at Downing Centre Local Court in Sydney on May 9, the Sydney Morning Herald reports.

Source: Daily Telegraph
Author: Matthew Henry. Approving editor: Jack Hawke.

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Dumb, drunk racist loses his keys, blames Indians/Pakistanis/Bangladeshis

So you’ve had too much to drink, and you’re on your way home.  In your drunken state, you drop your keys on the tracks of a very busy station platform, with trains coming and going regularly.  You ask staff to retrieve them for you, and it seems you may be in for a wait, because of the trains.  You were drunk and you dropped your keys, so this is essentially your own doing.  You may be annoyed, but realise it’s your own fault.

Unless you’re this guy, which means you’re a fuckwit.

So instead, you blame the fact you dropped your keys on train tracks on Indians, Pakistanis and Bangladeshis.  Somehow, it’s their fault.  It’s also somehow their fault that you don’t have a good enough job, because they stole it by… I don’t know, taking a job as a CityRail employee who is unfortunate enough to have to work a shift where drunk asshats are catching trains.  You verbally abuse one staff member, along with generally making abusive, racist comments directed at anyone who isn’t white.  When a fellow commuter happens to ask you to calm down and tries to talk to you rationally about why what you’re saying is disrespectful and ridiculous, you get frustrated.  You stand up and tower over him as he sits.  You get in his face.  You yell, you rant.  You push his shoulder.  You call him a geek.  You tell him he needs to stand up for himself because you’re verbally abusing and pushing him the non-white people took your job.  Or something.

As a supreme example of the ‘master race’, you stagger around and display your shiny white arse crack to the world as a confirmation of your alpha male status.  Because you are a fuckwit, you think this is acceptable.

Seems legit.

 

Rail customer service: if you’re Jewish catch a taxi

Heath Aston and Katie Cuttriss

February 12, 2012

8:32AM Sunday Feb 12, 2012

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Roman Arnusch

Anti-Semitic spray ... the suspended CityRail employee Roman Arnusch, who was sacked and then reinstated. Photo: Janie Barrett

CHERYL BOGAN couldn’t believe her ears. It wasn’t until the CityRail employee repeated himself in a louder voice that she and her husband, Jeffrey, were sure they were under racist attack by a public servant. The customer service manager at Central Station, no less.

”They’re all Jews living in the eastern suburbs; they’re all wealthy; they can afford to get a taxi,” Roman Arnusch uttered repeatedly, according to the couple.

The Bogans, who are Jewish and live at Bondi, had stepped off a train late at night and asked another CityRail staff member whether trains were still running to Bondi Junction. A ”polite and helpful” Arly Ribet, a subordinate to Mr Arnusch, told them that services had finished and they would need to get a taxi.

It was then that Mr Arnusch, 62, piped up from behind with his observations about Jews, repeating himself up to five times as other passengers got off the train.

Cheryl Bogan

This isn't right... Cheryl Bogan claims she was abused. Photo: Simon Alekna

”I was utterly shocked,” Mrs Bogan told The Sun-Herald. ”You don’t expect to hear that from a staff member of the railways. We sort of looked at each other and said, ‘This isn’t right, we need to say something.”’

Mr Arnusch, who had worked for CityRail for 29 years, was sacked last August, nine months after the Bogans complained in writing to RailCorp.

During investigations, Mr Ribet confirmed that Mr Arnusch used the phrase ”Bondi Jew”. Mr Arnusch maintained he had said words to the effect: ”They wouldn’t mind getting a taxi because they have plenty of money as they were living in Bondi where a lot of rich Jewish people live.” He also claimed the comments were directed to Mr Ribet, not the Bogans.

Last week, however, the Transport Appeals Board overturned the decision and Mr Arnusch, supported by the Rail, Tram and Bus Union, will return to work on March 28 after completing a six-month suspension without pay.

In setting aside the RailCorp decision, Commissioner Inaam Tabbaa said:

”Whether the remark that Mr Arnusch made was in the terms as described by CSA Ribet, or the Bogans or the appellant himself, it was racist, offensive, uncalled for and completely inappropriate, particularly for someone in a customer service position with RailCorp.”

Despite that, the commissioner noted Mr Arnusch’s ”distinguished” career of almost 30 years and glowing references provided. ”Dismissal is extreme in the present circumstances as it would serve to end his working life given his age and field of experience,” she said.

Mrs Bogan said she was satisfied as long as he had ”learnt his lesson”.

At his Hornsby Heights home on Friday, Mr Arnusch said: ”I’m happy with the result and, yes, I am looking forward to going back to work.”

Asked whether he regretted his statements, he said: ”I’m just happy it has all been sorted out now.”

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