A Caboolture cafe is at the centre of a brewing storm after numerous people branded a sign outside the Queensland shop as racist.
Caboolture man Ranald Link said he was disgusted when he saw it at Tarmac Takeaways, in Aerodrome Rd, on Friday and further angered when staff refused to remove it.
Mr Link, an Aboriginal man whose grandmother and great grandmother were members of the stolen generations, said the message was disrespectful of the pain they experienced at being taken from their families.
Mr Link said the sign also stereotyped Aboriginal people as thieves.
“We don’t go around saying every white person is a thief… so why should they stereotype us?”
There have been more than 90 comments on his Facebook page since he posted a photo of the sign on Sunday.
Mr Link said he had also received more than 300 other messages.
The shop’s owner, who wanted to be known only as Janelle, said the “joke” was something her daughter had seen on Facebook and was not something she had made up to cause offence.
Janelle said she had been putting jokes about various groups, such as blondes and New Zealanders, outside her shop for 10 years and this was the first time someone had complained.
“I’m not actually having a go at them,” she said.
People who contacted the Northern Times were outraged by the sign.
Cassy Stewart said: “Shame on Tarmac Takeaways… . There is no place for racism anywhere.”
Sharlea Nicholson from Bribie Island said it was “disgusting”.
“This is just a step backwards for the Aboriginal community in Caboolture,” she said.
Some who commented on Mr Link’s Facebook page were fired up, but older people urged calm.
Janelle said she would be more careful in future.
“I’ll definitely not put anything like that out again. I’ll keep it pretty bland,” she said.
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