Bass Pro Shops Alleged Racism: The Five Worst Quotes from Managers

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You probably don't want to hear what that fish is saying.
The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has filed suit against the national Bass Pro Shop chain here in Houston, alleging it routinely discriminated against minorities in its hiring practices.

The nine-page complaint offers these gems:

5. In 2006, the human resources manager in a Louisiana store asked the manager why a qualified applicant was rejected. He "really doesn't fit our profile," was the answer. How so? The HR manager asked.

"We don't hire niggers," came the alleged blunt reply.

4. In one of the Houston locations in 2005, the manager told the HR department "it was getting a little dark in here, you need to hire some white people."

3. In 2008, an employee in Indiana was regularly seen discarding applications if he believed the name "sounded like a nigger name."

"Niggers steal and do not make good employees," the manager reportedly said.

2. The manager at a Houston store "would, on a daily basis, use the words 'wetback,' 'Pedro' and 'Mexican' to refer to people of Hispanic origin."

1. An Indiana manager said, "Hispanics should be shot at the border by the border patrol."

Bass Pro Shops: Sensitivity training, coming soon!!!


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christopher
christopher

So what. If you don't like it don't shop there. Open up your own store and hire all blacks *fail*. Stop being a field negro for YT. As a white man I appreciate it. Thank you Bass Pro.

Wereofthewise
Wereofthewise

royal african american black man and once an avid shopper at pro bass shops if the statements are true they won't get 1 more dime of my n**** money

Mojajoca4
Mojajoca4

Blacks and Hispanics can go fill out applications now. just their will get them hire now where earlier if wouldn't.  Way to go Bass Pro in TX, LA and IN it's really gonna get dark in your stores now.

taeyyenom
taeyyenom

not surprised, this is the racial climate that we live in now.  hatred and bigots on the rise in america

Jeff
Jeff

My dad was an AVID fisherman and an occasional hunter for most of his life. He thought Bass Pro Shops were overpriced and overrated. He also said he felt like he was in Redneck Town, USA, and this is coming from a man who routinely went to bait shops and tackle stores. 

Guest
Guest

Each quote is reality.  That is why there is an EEOC, to force emplyers to hire people neither they nor their customers want to associate with.

mollusk
mollusk

I was in college in the mid 70s when Bass Pro Shop consisted of a guy tying flies in the back of a Brown Derby liquor store in Springfield, Missouri, Queen City of the Ozarks (and now gateway to Branson).  Looks like they've progressed a lot in some ways, in others, ehhhh, not so much...

Mike N.
Mike N.

I have never seen a non-white employee at any Bass Pro Shop. I'm often one of the few non-white people period in the store. Not that I buy much there, their prices are outrageous, just like Gander Mountain, but I'll admit to fondling their guns to kill time while waiting for the significant other to finish her shopping nearby.

Geezy
Geezy

"Welcome to Bass Pro, where you can work your way up from Checker to Bigot in NO TIME!!" 

MadMac
MadMac

I have to admit my own prejudice here. These joints look like redneck paradise and so I never stopped in. Based on this article, I guess I'll find my huntin', fishin', and cross burnin' supplies some-dag-nabbit-place else.

Come and Take It
Come and Take It

Oh hell I love asking some kid with their pants around their ankles, with their ass hanging out about firearms. When they answer unless you speak Barrio, Thug , or Pwt you can't understand them. The upside to this Bass Pro shops is far over priced. When I asked for 12 ga. lead BB rounds (it's illegal to hunt ducks and geese with) they asked me what I was gonna do with that I said shoot people. They got this weird look, until I said only the ones that need killing, of course. Well duh ...

RockDaHouse
RockDaHouse

I would say this comment is not racist:

An Indiana manager said "Hispanics should be shot at the border by the border patrol."

This is a general statement referring to illegal aliens & not Hispanics in general.  Everyone has an opinion about our borders & how we should maintain them.

Saying that...  Bass Pro will be settling with their defendants & If you were black man looking for a job...  I would go to Bass Pro today.

Copa
Copa

Do people still use the N-word in a non-ironic context? I guess I should get outside of the Loop more often.

Early Cuyler
Early Cuyler

I am not defending his/her comments, but I am afraid that what the HR manager in Louisiana said probably does not constitute racism in that "state".

Katy
Katy

That is really shocking, if true. I guess customers feel strongly about buying fishing lures from white Christians, so it DOES make good business sense.

You don't often SEE discrimination so blatant by employers these days. Which I guess is probably why the EEOC grabbed the case themselves, as opposed to just issuing a Right to Sue letter. 

In fact, it sort of makes me wonder why they waited so long - especially in light of the fact that the statute of limitations has probably run on some of those incidents.

DS
DS

please remember that even if management in those locations feel that way, that they may also feel that way at the Dairy Queen next door too.  I've seen no sign of these practices at my local Bass Pro.  There is racial diversity among the employees and patrons of the store here. Otherwise I wouldn't go. 

Scholar77
Scholar77

Yes, but it's funny how no one has to force Bass Pro to accept taxpayer money to help build their stores, which is from ALL ethnicities. I refuse to have my money go to them and I should have that right. They deserve nothing from me since I am considered "less than human" in their eyes.

MadMac
MadMac

Is that, (EEOC, to force emplyers to hire people neither they nor their customers want to associate with) how these managers got their jobs? Goodness knows I don't want to associate with bigots like that. 

DS
DS

I see "non-white" employees (that covers everything, I like that) as well as customers in the Bass-Pro that I go to.   I've never been to one in any other state.  Prices are a bit crazy, but they do have good sales.  Some of the supplies for dogs are a much better quality and lower price than elsewhere.  The Gander near me is less expensive but has very few choices.

Scholar77
Scholar77

Well, it is a prejudice, but rightfully so. I had that vibe when I've gone in there and it turns out I was correct. When looking at only names on an application and not even meeting the person, that is true prejudice.  It cannot really be called prejudice when it is true because prejudice is a pre-judgment. Now it's been proven. Not all the White people that work there are racist, but it seems the upper management are and they control everything, it seems. Very sad for the 21st century.

MadMac
MadMac

"When I asked for 12 ga. lead BB rounds (it's illegal to hunt ducks and geese with) they asked me what I was gonna do with that I said shoot people. They got this weird look, until I said only the ones that need killing, of course. Well duh ..."

Sounds like you speak thug fairly well, there, professor. And if I'm not mistaken, plumber's (pants low, @ss hanging out) butt originated in the WHITE community. BTW, which laundry does your sheet and hood?

Wyatt
Wyatt

"Oh hell I love asking some kid with their pants around their ankles, with their ass hanging out about firearms. When they answer unless you speak Barrio, Thug , or Pwt you can't understand them."

Nothing wrong with firing someone for uniform violations or poor communication with customers. Sounds like these Bass Pro managers were not even giving minorities a chance based entirely on their skin color. Is it that complicated a distinction for you?

Scholar77
Scholar77

I'm sorry but people like you, whatever color/race/ethnicity you are, makes all sensible Americans look ignorant. That manager specifically targeted Hispanics, not "illegals", and Hispanics are not the only illegals in this country, so that jerk would've still been wrong if he referred to all illegals as "Hispanic".  Get a clue.

H_e_x
H_e_x

Strom Thurmond has returned from the grave!

DuckDuckGoose
DuckDuckGoose

There are thousands of Hispanics who cross the USA borders daily who do so legally.

And the Indiana manager did not say "Illegal aliens should be ..." he said "Hispanics ..."

illegal1
illegal1

I agree its not a racist comment and neither is this one: "Niggers steal and do not make good employees," the manager reportedly said.This is a general statement referring the ones who dont like to work. Everyone has their own way of hiring. Your an IDIOT if you think your statment and mine are not the same.  Oh,and hispanics do not cross the border, mexicans do.

H_e_x
H_e_x

I can guarantee if someone used it in an ironic context there would be trouble. I'd snap their pencil legs and make them smoke em' like a clove cigarette.

Come and Take It
Come and Take It

It sure is fun listening to you all twist and have your goats gotten. BTW I don't really do the sheets and hood thing (too politically incorrect). But, I do appreciate people  who name their kids Takeisha, Cedrick (I think you get the point, well hoping anyway) etc. It sure makes quick work of looking at resumes, job applications, or phone calls even. Thanks for making me laughnow don't you have a bus to catch back to your grandmas or aunties pretty soon ?  Now run along or shuffle if you must .....

MadMac
MadMac

Now, Wyatt, you can't use all these big words like "distinction," if you want to be understood by the thinkin' man with the political-declaration-as-a handle, here. 

Jim C
Jim C

Exactly.  When my wife goes to Mexico to visit her family, she always comes back.  Across the border.  Should she be shot, too?

Scholar77
Scholar77

And for you: Mexicans are not the only ones that cross the borders. You know those things....what are they called....planes? Yes, they travel into Mexico from anywhere in the world and like it was stated earlier, Central and South Americans can pass through also. Cubans take boats to Florida. And we have 2 borders, believe it or not. Arabics cross over the Canadian border and overstay their visas, just like Asians, Indians, and Europeans that come to American universities legally, but then become illegal and go unnoticed. It seems that the media has a hold of a lot of gulliable people because all they talk about is illegal Mexicans this and illegal Mexicans that....so now everyone believes that is the only ethnicity that is here illegally.  Give me a break.

Jim C
Jim C

How do Central and South Americans get here?

Scholar77
Scholar77

Don't bother glazing anything. You don't have the equipment to make it. Only a real man does and you have obviously proven yourself as less than human and, much less, a real man. Maybe you should go work as a eunuch.

MadMac
MadMac

Your momma likes her hams glazed but you already knew that.

Come and Take It
Come and Take It

It has been lots of fun MadMac READING your pearls of wisdom. You're truly a cunning linguist. I guess I'll go back to glazing the hams and donuts at (I'm hoping) your local Kroger.

MadMac
MadMac

I wouldn't burden a managerial professional like yourself with details. I'm sure you can look it up while perusing Webster's for the definition to "reading."

Wyatt
Wyatt

It's probably some kind of troll.

MadMac
MadMac

 You're having fun, "listening" to print. Un huh. Political Correctness is the least of your problems, CaTI.  As for your crack about names, I have always believed that if you cannot determine how you are called, you do not have the freedom to determine anything else. So I support a woman's right to chose names like Takeisha, Cedrick (old Irish, BTW) and Tyrone, (also old Irish) as well as Trig, (old Sarah Palin's delusion) Track, and Bristol.  Please, please, pretty please, do tell us which company is foolish enough to employ a MoMo like you to "look" at resumes. 

Clinton Cohen
Clinton Cohen

If you come from Cuba you are allowed to stay you get amnesty 

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