A British man who ordered mild curry from an Indian restaurant said he "was not happy at all" to see how his order had been marked on the receipt.
Stuart Lynn of Northolt, England, says he enjoys spicy food but ordered his venison curry mild when he placed a takeout order from Valentine Restaurant, which specializes in South Indian and Sri Lankan cuisine.
When he returned home with the order, he noticed the receipt read, "VERY MILD, WHITE PPL," underneath the listing of his curry.
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"I was not happy at all — it said 'white people' next to my curry," Lynn said. "It implies we can't deal with strong curries. I do like a hot curry sometimes. I just fancied a mild one for a change. I thought it was very rude of them. It was the first time I've been in there and I won't be going back."
Valentine Restaurant apologized to Lynn and claimed that "PPL" was not short for "people."
"Under 'white ppl,' we don't mean 'white people,' but a white sauce made from milk, single cream, coconut milk and spices we add to our dishes when a curry is requested mild," owner Ruby Kandasamy said. "'Ppl' means 'milk.'"
She said the restaurant will be changing the labeling to avoid future confusion with customers.
Kandasamy did not explain the origins of the "ppl" abbreviation, and Lynn said he was not satisfied with the restaurant owner's response.
"What other color is milk?" he asked. "I spoke to an Indian friend of mine, and 'ppl' doesn't mean milk. They're just trying to get out of it."