[Sheriff Margaret Gimblett] told Greenock Sheriff Court: “Without wanting to be derogatory in any way, sometimes it is said that all black people look the same at first glance, and the same can be said that all Chinese people can look the same to a native Scot. It’s only when you have time to look that you begin to see the differences.”
Credit to the judge for trying to phrase her comments in as least offensive a way as possible, but you can almost hear the thin ice cracking. There is probably some truth in the fact that one ethnic group can have trouble distinguising members of another ethnic group with which they are unfamiliar but would it really be more difficult to identify a specific Chinese person involved in a specific incident?
You know what this means, though? BBC crime wave here we come! I'm now off to my local KwikSave to see what goodies I can pilfer, thanks to my mask of anonymity*
*I'm joking. Stealing is wrong ;)