Do I look gay in my scarf ?
A Christchurch man showing interest in police recruitment at a Careers Expo was told the scarf he was wearing was "a bit too gay" by Canterbury's top police recruitment officer.
The comment was made just as the force begins its recruitment drive for 1000 new officers, and less than three weeks before the release of the findings of a commission of inquiry into police conduct.
Simon Calcinai, 20, was at the Careers Expo at the Westpac Centre in Christchurch on Sunday when two uniformed officers told him the scarf he was wearing – a Kathmandu product – was "gay".
"I was at the police table having a chat and the woman (officer) said, 'You might want to lose that scarf'. The other guy then said, `Yeah, it's a bit too gay'," Calcinai said.
The male officer was Canterbury's senior recruitment officer, Kelvin McBride.
Calcinai, who was with his girlfriend at the expo, said he was showing interest at the police recruitment stall and was shocked by the comment.
"I was pretty shocked and didn't know what to say. I don't think this is appropriate behaviour and I think that people should be made aware of these negative attitudes," he said.