Thursday, January 22, 2009

A Spanish electrician who was allegedly nicknamed 'Manuel' by workmates after the Fawlty Towers waiter is suing his former employer for nearly £30,000.

Juan Ignacio, originally from Barcelona, says he was routinely taunted with the famous 'I know nothing' and 'Que?' catchphrases used by Andrew Sachs's sitcom character.

Mr Ignacio, 33, claims that bullying bosses mocked his accent and jibed 'He's from Barcelona', in front of others - the standard excuse made for Manuel by John Cleese's Basil Fawlty.
And get this:
In legal papers submitted to Croydon Employment Tribunal, Mr Ignacio said: 'When we used to watch Fawlty Towers in Spain in Catalan, we
laughed at ourselves as we have a sense of humour.

Of course we laughed, but that's just because, for fear that people would be offended, the Spanish and the Basque language network turned Manuel.... into an Italian guy, and the Catalan-language network turned him into a Mexican.

Good luck with the lawsuit, pal.