Sharlene Hamilton, 43, branded Khaled Hashim a “P*** b******” during a ranting phone call to his business, Babylon. She had ordered a takeaway but phoned to complain, reports Daily Record.
A court heard the phone call was recorded and Mr Hashim called the police, who took details and visited Hamilton at her home in Johnstone, Scotland, where she was cautioned and charged.
But Hamilton, who works in the food industry herself, was spared jail yesterday at Paisley Sheriff Court, and instead fined £750 and told to “apologise to the man in person”.
Sentencing the mum-of-two, Sheriff Suhkwinder Gill said: “I am amazed that people like you still use the ‘P’ word.
“And I can’t believe a woman with no previous conviction, with young children, can come out with such a word.
“It was appalling behaviour. A word I have heard on many occasions, but it still makes me cringe.”
Hamilton pleaded guilty to a charge of acting in a racially aggravated manner, likely to cause alarm and distress to Mr Hashim, by uttering racial remarks during a telephone call.
Her vile rant on February 13 left the businessman, of Renfrewshire, distressed.
Abbas Ali, procurator fiscal depute, said: “Khaled Hashim was at Babylon, working in the capacity as the owner at around 6.30pm.
“He received a telephone call requiring a delivery from Sharlene Hamilton and the delivery was dispatched to the accused’s address.
“A short time later, the accused contacted the business to complain about the order.
“A second order was prepared and also delivered to the accused.
“However, at 9.22pm the accused contacted the restaurant again and made further complaints. During the course of the conversation on the telephone, an argument ensued.
“Hamilton called Mr Hashim a ‘P*** b*******.’
“The complainer, who was recording this telephone call, reported the matter to police.”
When police visited the defendant’s home, she told them: “I know I should not have done it.”
Paul Coyle, defending, told the court the mum wanted to “apologise for her behaviour”.
“She is embarrassed by it,” he added.
“She knows it is an unacceptable way to behave.
“She does accept responsibilty for this offence and would like to apologise for her behaviour.
“Ironically, she works in the catering industry herself, but has been placed on furlough.”