Black man 'shocked and ashamed' as pub customer in UK sends banana to his table via app

Louie Kincella, 20, said he anonymously sent the fruit to 25-year-old Mark D’arcy-Smith ‘for a joke’ during his visit to The Richmal Crompton pub in Bromley, south east London.

He has now been convicted of a racially aggravated offence by British police.

Kincella said he sent the fruit via app used for social distancing and was ‘laughing’ as Mr D’arcy-Smith received the racist gesture.

A waiter carried the single banana over on a tray and put it in front of a ‘shocked and ashamed’ D’arcy-Smith.

Bananas have been weaponised by racists who in recent years have lobbed them at black footballers while chanting monkey noises.

Recalling the moment the banana was delivered to him and his friend’s table, Mr D’arcy-Smith said: ‘We both looked at each other then looked at the banana.

‘It clicked that it wasn’t ours. It was clearly sent by someone who was trying to be racist.’

When Mr D’arcy-Smith told staff neither he nor his friend had ordered the food, they were told an order via the pub’s app was made for one banana to go to their table number 102.

He added: ‘My friend went to talk to a staff member but they didn’t see what the issue was. He said, ‘do you know what’s wrong here”.

‘They thought they had brought an incorrect order. We had to explain what was wrong with that.

‘I was sat on my own at this point. I looked around to see if I could spot anyone. I got anxious. I think someone sent it because it was anonymous.’

The media and marketing executive felt “highly humiliated” and believed it was a racially-motivated act.

When Kincella was arrested at his home, he admitted to ordering the banana but claimed he did it “for a joke” and he did not intend for it to be sent to any table but his.

However, witnesses say they saw Kincella ‘laughing’ as the single banana was given to D’arcy-Smith.

Mr D’arcy-Smith said he has been left ‘shaken’ by the incident and ‘feels sick’ every time he walks past the pub.

Kincella was charged with a racially aggravated offence under the Public Order Act and last Friday – the day of his 20th birthday – was found guilty by magistrates.

At Bexley Magistrate’s Court, Kincella was fined a total of £600 and ordered to pay court costs of £620.

After the verdict Mr D’arcy-Smith said: ‘Hearing the verdict felt like a massive weight was lifted from my shoulders.’

The pub chain which are owned by Wetherspoons has apologised to Mr D’arcy-Smith.


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