The Owners of Strata Plan LMS 4025* owns a building in City of Vancouver, British Columbia, that houses among other businesses a restaurant that went out of business. Mengfa International, which owns a small restaurant chain known as Moby Dick’s, wants to open a Moby Dick’s restaurant in that space, but the strata won’t allow it.
It insisted “that the word ‘Dick’ in Moby Dick was an offensive term[.]”
Mengfa demurred (and is suing the strata):
It says that the Moby Dick name and logo are “not offensive to the public, given its literary significance and fame.”
Which would be obvious to anyone with an actual education. It’s just as obvious to anyone outside a particular building in the City that Dick is a common nickname for those named Richard. As it is, the strata’s claim, aside from interfering with legitimate business, is a deep insult to the intelligence of anyone with any sort of education. Or possessed of actual experience of the world, even just that part of it immediately outside the bubble formed from a shell of brick and mortar.
Illiterati like the members of the building council that runs this strata illustrate the bigotry that flows from the ignorance that too many modern education systems create when they put feel-good esteem froo-froo ahead of actual education and performance accountability for students.
Call me Ishmael, indeed.
*A strata, according to the Courthouse News Service site is a Canadian legal entity that
may be created to divide a building or buildings or land into “separate components that are individually owned and common components owned by all of the owners.”
The building of LMS 4025 is run by a building council.