Tourette’s sufferer in discrimination row

Louis  Bunn SUS-140827-145024001
Louis Bunn SUS-140827-145024001

A bingo hall has defended its decision to eject a Tourette’s sufferer for swearing and being aggressive.

Louis Bunn, 23, who suffers from involuntary motor tics that are often quite vulgar, was playing at Leo Leisure Bingo on Sunday August 24 when he was asked to leave.

Mr Bunn says staff acted in an ‘aggressive manner’ before showing him the door at the Pevensey Road venue.

During the course of the evening, he said the bingo caller had poked fun at his condition over the microphone and he says he was made to feel uncomfortable and anxious as staff apologised for his behaviour.

“A member of staff was very profane to me and this made my tics worse,” Mr Bunn said.

“When I confronted this person because my vocal tics got worse I told him I couldn’t help it as I was the one being warned and I was the person being discriminated against.

“As the night went on the staff working the bingo made a few remarks on the mic regarding my Tourette’s and I felt like I was being singled out.”

He says he has doubled the dose of his medication dose as a result and claims that owner Peter Brown and his staff followed him and his group of friends out of the bingo hall and threatened them, adding, “It was like a gang.”

However, Mr Brown, who knows Mr Bunn as a regular player, claims it was, in fact, Mr Bunn who acted aggressively towards his staff.

“I am aware of his condition and have never had a problem with it in anyway,” he said.

“I’ve spoken to other people to make them aware of his condition and told them that he was a nice person.

“But we’d had a complaint the week before that he had jumped out of his seat and got very aggressive towards an old lady.

“I told him he was welcome to continue playing but we would not accept him being aggressive to customers.

“He was aggressive to me, my female members of staff and I was sworn and spat at.

“I’ve never been spoken to like that.”