Angry West Lothian mum says scaffolder 'used slur against her' during parking row

A West Lothian mum has criticised a scaffolding worker for using an alleged homophobic slur after she challenged the man about parking over her driveway.

The Linlithgow resident, who wishes to remain anonymous, claimed that the scaffolder, who works for Navigate Scaffolding Ltd, acted in a misogynistic way during their altercation on Mains Road.

The incident occurred when the woman had been coming home with her shopping and realised that a large van with trailer was blocking her driveway on Monday June 3.

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After she beeped her horn, she said a man appeared and stared at her before walking back out of sight.

The worker then returned and allegedly began acting 'rude' towards the mum who was forced to park her car further along the street and leave her shopping in the vehicle.

When she walked into her home, she decided to challenge the man and admitted to calling him a 'p***k' which he responded to by allegedly calling her a 'f*****g lesbian.'

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She posted about the ordeal online and commended Navigate Scaffolding Ltd for contacting her quickly and stating they would be treating the incident seriously and conducting an investigation while adding the company has no place for homophobia or misogyny.

“When I arrived home this morning with my shopping there was a scaffolding worker who had parked his van and trailer over our driveway,” she said. “I had quite a few bags to carry, and had just finished an overnight shift, so I beeped my car lightly to try to get his attention.

“He came down the drive and peered at me before disappearing again for about half a minute. I drove forward a bit and beeped again while shouting ‘you are parked over my drive.’

“He aggressively said ‘is that you beeping at me’ and I shouted back to tell him that I was trying to get his attention. I believe he looked at me the first time and walked away because he saw I was a woman and did not think I would bother him, if it were a man then he would have probably moved.

“I thought after all this that he would just move his car but he told me that I was being rude and he would be five minutes. So I parked elsewhere and had to leave my bags in the car.

“When I was walking back down my drive I thought about saying nothing but then I decided I would not be bullied and wanted to defend myself. I said ‘that’s big of you to accuse me of being rude when you’re the one parked over my drive.’ He stood there laughing at me so I said to him ‘you’re just being a p***k’ to which he responded ‘you’re a f*****g lesbian.’”

The mum said she got into the kitchen and told her daughter what has happened, at first first she was going to leave it - but her daughter decided to put up a post on the local Facebook group.

Shortly after a senior member of Navigate Scaffolding Ltd called her up to profusely apologise, saying they were treating the matter seriously and that there was no place for misogyny or homophobia at their company.

“The chap from the company asked to me to tell him what had happened and he said he does not put up with that sort of thing from his staff,” the mum continued. “He especially apologised for the homophobic language.

“They assured me they would be looking into it as a serious matter. My biggest issue with all of this is the misogyny and homophobic nature of it all.

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“It baffles me that people have to put up with this. To levy that at me as if it is an insult, it is not, many of my dear friends are homosexual and it says a lot about the person who think its insulting.

“It came across to me that it was clear if I had been a man then none of that would have happened this morning but as a female we unfortunately get far too much of it. It has really stuck in my throat what he said.”

A spokesperson for Navigate Scaffolding Ltd confirmed that they were treating the incident seriously and that an investigation will be carried out.

They added that they do not tolerate misogyny or homophobia in their business.