Today's award goes to the Hyatt Canberra Hotel in Australia's capital city.
A leading Australian hotel has been forced to apologise after it offered lunchtime diners a "grilled Moroccan Aborigine and rocket salad" – apparently following a spellcheck error involving the word “aubergine”.
The Hyatt Canberra, a colonial-style five-star hotel frequented by government leaders and diplomats, included the error on a card accompanying a dish on the lunchtime buffet.
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The hotel chain initially responded by joking about the mistake.
Its official Twitter account @HyattConcierge said in a tweet: "Definitely a unique menu option! Hope it's as good as it is complicated :) Have a fabulous day at Hyatt Canberra".
The tweet has since been deleted.
The hotel restaurant quickly removed the offending label and issued an official apology.
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The incident sparked discussion on social media, where others shared their experiences of spellcheck-affected menus.
“I saw Stuffed Aborigines on a menu in the middle east once, as well as Chicken With Herpes,” said one tweet.
There's more at the link.
In one sense, the mistake is funny: but given the history of racial discrimination against Australian Aborigines, including numerous massacres, and historical and current problems with racism in that country, the hotel probably couldn't have been more insensitive if it tried! The last thing it should have done was to joke about it. Particularly in Australia's capital city, that has to be the definition of 'politically incorrect'.