From The “Illiteracy And Incompetence Are Unethical” Files: Moby Dick Restaurant Loses Its Lease


I love this story! Just when I was despairing over the widespead ignorance in the U.S., Canada steps up.

In Vancouver, Mengfa International owns  a commercial building, and in May 2015,  agreed to lease it to Moby Dick Restaurant, a fish-and-chip franchise. The building council won’t allow it, though. They feel that the restaurant’s name is offensive, and its offensive sign would lower property values.

Asks Drew Curtis’s Fark: “What’s so offensive about “Moby”?

This is a Niggardly Principle classic.

Mengfa is suing.


Filed under Around the World, Business & Commercial, Ethics Alarms Award Nominee, Ethics Dunces, Literature

41 responses to “From The “Illiteracy And Incompetence Are Unethical” Files: Moby Dick Restaurant Loses Its Lease

  1. Boy, thank goodness the place didn’t use “Thar she blows!’ as a slogan…

  2. Care to speculate on what they might think “Peter Sellers” is?

  3. I feel sorry for all the men named Dick and those with the last name Dick or Dickey. They join the ranks of sad women named Gay and people with the last name Gay.
    It’s a hard world to get a break in, all the good names have been taken.

  4. Alex

    I really hope the next tenant will be a Sofa King.

  5. luckyesteeyoreman

    Now you all have me wondering what is actually sold at Dick’s Sporting Goods. Crotchless underwear?

  6. Can you imagine what Christ must be thinking? “What… I hung on a cross for you and all you do is to try to think of semi-clever ways to make “Dick”, “Peter”, “Wood” “Bend Dover” and “Johnson” jokes?!. Oh, well, at least you didn’t elect that —–.”

  7. John Billingsley

    Down here we have Dirty Dick’s Crab House and the spring breakers, those sober enough to remember to dress anyway, proudly wear their “I Got My Crabs At Dirty Dick’s” t-shirt. I guess opening a franchise in Vancouver is out of the question now.

  8. Wayne

    I guess that they don’t read a lot of Melville in Canada although it’s probably banned to teach the novel in many high schools in the USA for obvious reasons. A great novel and a good idea for that name of a seafood restaurant. But I guess some pc idiots are running Vancouver.

  9. Jeff H.

    Drew Curtis’s Dark? Shouldn’t that be the other way around.

    –Jeff H.’s Phone

    • Pennagain

      Ta, Wayne – you just gave me a great trivia question: What do Yugoslavia, East Germany, South Korea and Boston have in common?

  10. Of course, this happened today:

    Woody Johnson, the billionaire owner of the New York Jets who endorsed President-Elect Donald J. Trump after at first supporting Jeb Bush, will become the U.S. Ambassador to the United Kingdom, a transition official confirmed Thursday.

  11. One more thing for the PC crowd to ‘blubber’ about.

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