Pontin's has been refusing admission to those with "undesirable" Irish surnamesWatch
Holiday site operator Pontin's (basically a worse version of Butlin's) has been sharing a list with its staff advising them to refuse admission to those with one of about 80 surnames, mostly those associated with Irish people and Irish travellers, and has been struck down by the government:
This is blatant discrimination, and I'm shocked how such discrimination could still occur from a chain in the UK in the 2020s.
To be quite honest, Pontin's sites look pretty terrible from the pictures I looked up - they make Butlin's look good by comparison, and are neglected, outdated and shabby. A couple have also recently made the decision to ban children and become adults only holiday sites, and I don't really see what facilities they have for adults aside from a working men's club style bar.
I just watched that clip and Pontins looks more like a prison than a place to go on holiday.
The negative publicity will have bought them one step closer to closing down, which can only be a good thing.