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Woman asked to take down Christmas lights to avoid offending neighbors

A housing association employee in the UK has asked a British woman to remove her outside Christmas lights because, hold on to your hats, they might be “offensive to the community” !

Dorothy Glenn goes through great trouble every year to make her house as festive as possible.

Apart from Christmas lights the outside decorations include a wonderful Christmas tree as well as a 4 feet Santa Claus.

“I put the lights up in the first week of November and then recently a uniformed housing worker was outside, and it looked like he was counting my decorations.

When I went outside he said that the lights were ‘offensive to the community’. If I was offending anyone I could understand why he was telling me, but nobody has complained.

My neighbours are Bengali and Chinese and I know that they love the lights, the children will always point them out when they walk past.

I told him that I am far from a racist and that I wouldn’t be taking the lights down. I’m shocked, annoyed and upset. At the end of the day, it’s the festive season and they’re staying.”

Faced with the onslaught of international press coverage of the faux pas both the town and the association have made their apologies and stress that there’s no applicable policy even.

“Every year this woman puts her Christmas lights up and I know how popular they are. It’s great when people make an effort to decorate their houses.

It’s this kind of nonsense that sets race relations back 20 years. That woman did nothing more than decorate her house to celebrate Christmas.

We would like to make it clear that South Tyneside Homes is happy for residents to put up Christmas lights to decorate their homes.

Christmas lights bring a bit of festive cheer to everybody and we are delighted to see examples of tenants and leaseholders across the borough taking so much pride in the appearance of their homes.”
South Tyneside Council