Same sex couple accuse Chester boat company of being homophobic

Warrington Guardian: Same sex couple accuse Chester boat company of being homophobic Same sex couple accuse Chester boat company of being homophobic

A SAME sex couple have said they were appalled to be told they could not hire a motor boat in Chester and accused the firm of being homophobic.

Great Sankey pair Sian and Angela Percival-Edwards, who have been married for 18 months, said the experience on bank holiday Monday left them furious with River Dee company Chester Boat Hire.

Sian, aged 34, said: “We wandered down to the water front and decided to hire a boat with an engine on the back.

“They said they didn’t allow same sex groups on the river so we said what about a married couple but they said their insurance doesn’t cover it.

“I could understand if we were a group of four or five young girls or lads but we’re in our 30s and both have professional jobs.

“It’s not fair and not equal.

“We live in the 21st century and they’re discriminating against us.”

Sian, who works as a charity manager and Angela, a project manager, said a group of five women were using a pedalo as they left and they found a review on Tripadvisor also calling the company homophobic when they got home.

Sian added: “It’s just wrong and I’m so close to getting my solicitors involved.

“You can’t do this to people and think it’s okay to treat them this way.

“Nothing like this has ever happened before and we were in too much shock to do anything other than go home from our day out.”

Chester Boat Hire were unavailable to comment.

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12:23pm Fri 9 May 14

Uncoded says...

I'm not sure why they have come to the conclusion that the boat company are homophobic. This is a pointless story.
I'm not sure why they have come to the conclusion that the boat company are homophobic. This is a pointless story. Uncoded
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12:27pm Fri 9 May 14

Brick Bazooka says...

Well done to the boat company for sticking to the insurance policy rules.
Well done to the boat company for sticking to the insurance policy rules. Brick Bazooka
  • Score: 13

1:12pm Fri 9 May 14

itme says...

The company refused to treat them differently to anybody else , isn't that what they want ?
The company refused to treat them differently to anybody else , isn't that what they want ? itme
  • Score: 18

1:57pm Fri 9 May 14

GRUMPY PARENT says...

Get your solicitor involved it won't change this companies insurance policy. They were right to refuse if it invalidates their insurance policy as it would breach health and safety laws and river laws. Get over it there is no case to answer here.
Get your solicitor involved it won't change this companies insurance policy. They were right to refuse if it invalidates their insurance policy as it would breach health and safety laws and river laws. Get over it there is no case to answer here. GRUMPY PARENT
  • Score: 8

2:05pm Fri 9 May 14

silverlady54 says...

I'm at a loss to understand why any insurance should prevent 2 adults, whoever they might be, from hiring a boat, unless they were clearly drunk or incapable of steering safely. I think there is a little more to this than meets the eye. This rule would stop a father & adult son, a mother and adult daughter or any other pairs of related or unrelated adults from hiring a boat. Apart from anything else they must be losing more business than they acquire and will soon have no business to operate.
I'm at a loss to understand why any insurance should prevent 2 adults, whoever they might be, from hiring a boat, unless they were clearly drunk or incapable of steering safely. I think there is a little more to this than meets the eye. This rule would stop a father & adult son, a mother and adult daughter or any other pairs of related or unrelated adults from hiring a boat. Apart from anything else they must be losing more business than they acquire and will soon have no business to operate. silverlady54
  • Score: 13

2:19pm Fri 9 May 14

Nick Tessla says...

The company's website clearly shows single sex occupants, so the insurance explanation doesn't hold water (no pun intended)

Sounds like the couple were singled out. I wonder if they did or said anything that revealed they were a couple - e.g. holding hand.
The company's website clearly shows single sex occupants, so the insurance explanation doesn't hold water (no pun intended) Sounds like the couple were singled out. I wonder if they did or said anything that revealed they were a couple - e.g. holding hand. Nick Tessla
  • Score: 5

2:22pm Fri 9 May 14

richiepooh says...

I cannot image how an insurance policy would even mention same sex couples...seems a bit odd, its not a financial or risk concern and how would the boat company even know (apart from to be fair some same sex couples do seem to be quite obvious).
but I have asked to see the insurance policy rule in question, if not presented then I think its fair to go after the boat company for discrimination.
I cannot image how an insurance policy would even mention same sex couples...seems a bit odd, its not a financial or risk concern and how would the boat company even know (apart from to be fair some same sex couples do seem to be quite obvious). but I have asked to see the insurance policy rule in question, if not presented then I think its fair to go after the boat company for discrimination. richiepooh
  • Score: 8

2:23pm Fri 9 May 14

Nick Tessla says...

Leaving aside the homophobia, it is illegal to discriminate on the basis of gender in the provision of goods and services.
Leaving aside the homophobia, it is illegal to discriminate on the basis of gender in the provision of goods and services. Nick Tessla
  • Score: 6

6:26pm Fri 9 May 14

Avoidthemainstream says...

What ever. It's the same as rolling up to a campsite with ya pal and them refusing you there. Same sex groups of a certain age are deemed to be a high risk, it's just the way it is. I hope they both white British or the could whip out the race card. BOOM!
What ever. It's the same as rolling up to a campsite with ya pal and them refusing you there. Same sex groups of a certain age are deemed to be a high risk, it's just the way it is. I hope they both white British or the could whip out the race card. BOOM! Avoidthemainstream
  • Score: 4

9:30pm Fri 9 May 14

dodobird says...

How did the boat rental people know that they were a same sex couple? they would just appear as two females, wouldn't they? Unless they were making it obvious that they were a couple. I think there is more to this story than we are hearing because it just does not make sense. in fact, it is not really a story!
How did the boat rental people know that they were a same sex couple? they would just appear as two females, wouldn't they? Unless they were making it obvious that they were a couple. I think there is more to this story than we are hearing because it just does not make sense. in fact, it is not really a story! dodobird
  • Score: 5

12:28am Sat 10 May 14

Brick Bazooka says...

dodobird wrote:
How did the boat rental people know that they were a same sex couple? they would just appear as two females, wouldn't they? Unless they were making it obvious that they were a couple. I think there is more to this story than we are hearing because it just does not make sense. in fact, it is not really a story!
Did you not read the article?

They said they didn’t allow same sex groups on the river so we said what about a married couple but they said their insurance doesn’t cover it.
[quote][p][bold]dodobird[/bold] wrote: How did the boat rental people know that they were a same sex couple? they would just appear as two females, wouldn't they? Unless they were making it obvious that they were a couple. I think there is more to this story than we are hearing because it just does not make sense. in fact, it is not really a story![/p][/quote]Did you not read the article? They said they didn’t allow same sex groups on the river so we said what about a married couple but they said their insurance doesn’t cover it. Brick Bazooka
  • Score: 1

1:58am Sat 10 May 14

dodobird says...

Brick Bazooka, I did read the article but it was a bit confusing. It just sounds really strange to me. The company needs to take a look at its policy, it cuts out a lot of people. Cheers.
Brick Bazooka, I did read the article but it was a bit confusing. It just sounds really strange to me. The company needs to take a look at its policy, it cuts out a lot of people. Cheers. dodobird
  • Score: 3

9:03am Sat 10 May 14

Nick Tessla says...

Brick Bazooka wrote:
dodobird wrote:
How did the boat rental people know that they were a same sex couple? they would just appear as two females, wouldn't they? Unless they were making it obvious that they were a couple. I think there is more to this story than we are hearing because it just does not make sense. in fact, it is not really a story!
Did you not read the article?

They said they didn’t allow same sex groups on the river so we said what about a married couple but they said their insurance doesn’t cover it.
As I said above the website shows photos of singe sex occupants.

As for knowing they were a couple - plenty of pairs of people , gay and hetero, show signs of being a couple through how they are with each other.
[quote][p][bold]Brick Bazooka[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]dodobird[/bold] wrote: How did the boat rental people know that they were a same sex couple? they would just appear as two females, wouldn't they? Unless they were making it obvious that they were a couple. I think there is more to this story than we are hearing because it just does not make sense. in fact, it is not really a story![/p][/quote]Did you not read the article? They said they didn’t allow same sex groups on the river so we said what about a married couple but they said their insurance doesn’t cover it.[/p][/quote]As I said above the website shows photos of singe sex occupants. As for knowing they were a couple - plenty of pairs of people , gay and hetero, show signs of being a couple through how they are with each other. Nick Tessla
  • Score: -2

4:49pm Sat 10 May 14

tarasmum says...

Oh God more whingeing from 'same sex couples' !! They want it all, don't they ??? Never satisfied!
Oh God more whingeing from 'same sex couples' !! They want it all, don't they ??? Never satisfied! tarasmum
  • Score: -2

4:51pm Sat 10 May 14

tarasmum says...

Avoidthemainstream wrote:
What ever. It's the same as rolling up to a campsite with ya pal and them refusing you there. Same sex groups of a certain age are deemed to be a high risk, it's just the way it is. I hope they both white British or the could whip out the race card. BOOM!
Ha ha well said .....
[quote][p][bold]Avoidthemainstream[/bold] wrote: What ever. It's the same as rolling up to a campsite with ya pal and them refusing you there. Same sex groups of a certain age are deemed to be a high risk, it's just the way it is. I hope they both white British or the could whip out the race card. BOOM![/p][/quote]Ha ha well said ..... tarasmum
  • Score: -1

5:11pm Sat 10 May 14

GRUMPY PARENT says...

tarasmum wrote:
Oh God more whingeing from 'same sex couples' !! They want it all, don't they ??? Never satisfied!
Same sex can't get it all though can they, well not without a doctors interference, unfortunately our creator didn't reckon on the unnatural!
[quote][p][bold]tarasmum[/bold] wrote: Oh God more whingeing from 'same sex couples' !! They want it all, don't they ??? Never satisfied![/p][/quote]Same sex can't get it all though can they, well not without a doctors interference, unfortunately our creator didn't reckon on the unnatural! GRUMPY PARENT
  • Score: -7

9:24am Sun 11 May 14

Nick Tessla says...

tarasmum wrote:
Oh God more whingeing from 'same sex couples' !! They want it all, don't they ??? Never satisfied!
Nothing wrong with wanting to be treated equally - just as you shouldn't be treated any less favourably just because you don't have male genitalia. Also someone's opinions are not more or less valid because of their gender - therefore I hold your attitudes in contempt becaue I think you talk b******ks not because you lack b******ks

The excuse that they don't allow same-sex occupancy is clearly a lie - they do.
[quote][p][bold]tarasmum[/bold] wrote: Oh God more whingeing from 'same sex couples' !! They want it all, don't they ??? Never satisfied![/p][/quote]Nothing wrong with wanting to be treated equally - just as you shouldn't be treated any less favourably just because you don't have male genitalia. Also someone's opinions are not more or less valid because of their gender - therefore I hold your attitudes in contempt becaue I think you talk b******ks not because you lack b******ks The excuse that they don't allow same-sex occupancy is clearly a lie - they do. Nick Tessla
  • Score: 5

9:26am Sun 11 May 14

Nick Tessla says...

GRUMPY PARENT wrote:
tarasmum wrote:
Oh God more whingeing from 'same sex couples' !! They want it all, don't they ??? Never satisfied!
Same sex can't get it all though can they, well not without a doctors interference, unfortunately our creator didn't reckon on the unnatural!
We all rely on medical and other science that is "unnatural" - its part of living in the 21st century (although some of us , like you and tarasmum appear, judging by attitudes, to be living in the early 2oth century)
[quote][p][bold]GRUMPY PARENT[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]tarasmum[/bold] wrote: Oh God more whingeing from 'same sex couples' !! They want it all, don't they ??? Never satisfied![/p][/quote]Same sex can't get it all though can they, well not without a doctors interference, unfortunately our creator didn't reckon on the unnatural![/p][/quote]We all rely on medical and other science that is "unnatural" - its part of living in the 21st century (although some of us , like you and tarasmum appear, judging by attitudes, to be living in the early 2oth century) Nick Tessla
  • Score: 1

10:16am Sun 11 May 14

local man says...

It's nothing to do with discrimination against same sex couples, obviously it's because they might crash the boat, women drivers and all that. :)
It's nothing to do with discrimination against same sex couples, obviously it's because they might crash the boat, women drivers and all that. :) local man
  • Score: 3

12:05pm Sun 11 May 14

PageA says...

GRUMPY PARENT wrote:
tarasmum wrote:
Oh God more whingeing from 'same sex couples' !! They want it all, don't they ??? Never satisfied!
Same sex can't get it all though can they, well not without a doctors interference, unfortunately our creator didn't reckon on the unnatural!
Is this an attempt to be sarcastic Grumpy? Or a genuine comment and opinion of yours?
[quote][p][bold]GRUMPY PARENT[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]tarasmum[/bold] wrote: Oh God more whingeing from 'same sex couples' !! They want it all, don't they ??? Never satisfied![/p][/quote]Same sex can't get it all though can they, well not without a doctors interference, unfortunately our creator didn't reckon on the unnatural![/p][/quote]Is this an attempt to be sarcastic Grumpy? Or a genuine comment and opinion of yours? PageA
  • Score: -1

1:30pm Wed 14 May 14

Devs1979 says...

I am trying to work out how this is unnatural, because most animals ( nature !! ) commonly have sex with a same sex partner.
Dogs do it, cows do it, monkeys, etc.... ) So why are we any different ?
It happens in nature, so how can it be unnatural ?
I am trying to work out how this is unnatural, because most animals ( nature !! ) commonly have sex with a same sex partner. Dogs do it, cows do it, monkeys, etc.... ) So why are we any different ? It happens in nature, so how can it be unnatural ? Devs1979
  • Score: -1

8:32pm Wed 14 May 14

local man says...

in nature all sorts of things happen - some species eat their mate after breeding - it doesn't mean it is therefore natural for another species.

I dont mind what they or anyone else gets up to btw, as long as it doesn't harm others each to their own imo.
in nature all sorts of things happen - some species eat their mate after breeding - it doesn't mean it is therefore natural for another species. I dont mind what they or anyone else gets up to btw, as long as it doesn't harm others each to their own imo. local man
  • Score: -1

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