The Feds are Suing a Euless Apartment Complex for Refusing to House 'Curry People'

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By most measures, the Stone Bridge at Bear Creek in Euless is a typical mid-priced suburban apartment complex. There's covered parking and a couple of swimming pools. What little green space there is is well-manicured. The building facades are done in a bland but tasteful red brick.

To spot the difference, you'll have to go to building 18, where all but one unit is leased to renters of Middle Eastern or South Asian descent. Most of the other buildings have none.

The federal government thinks this is by design. According to a lawsuit filed by the feds on Thursday and first reported by the Morning News, complex manager Nancy Quandt systemically denied housing to "curry people," as she called them.

Quandt, according to the lawsuit, instructed her leasing agents that they should funnel any person who had an Indian-sounding surname or accent or, basically, was brown and looked as if they might enjoy curry, into buildings 16 and 18. If those were full, they were to claim the entire complex was occupied, despite the fact that, throughout 2009 at least, there were no fewer than 20 units available.

It's not just that Quandt didn't want such people living in her complex. She didn't want them living at all. She was once overheard musing to a tenant about how she hated Middle Easterners and wished she could put them on an airplane or island and "blow them up."

That anecdote was included in the lawsuit to implicate Quandt's bosses at S&H Realty Management, who the feds say ignored complaints of her boorish behavior. It has nothing to do with the government's cause of action, which is that she denied apartments to applicants because of their race, in blatant violation of the Fair Housing Act.

Nancy Hart, vice president of S&H Realty, told the Morning News that the government's claims are bunk. "We stand behind our employees, we've done nothing wrong, and we welcome the opportunity to prove that," she said.

Maybe they'll try the strategy they employed when allegations of discrimination were first raised in 2010. Then, they rebutted a one-star score on apartmentratings.com by noting that 4 percent of occupied units at Stone Bridge "are leased to persons with Asian surnames," a notch higher than the 3.6 percent of Tarrant County residents who are Asian.

"The post by 'Anonymous' is suspect," the response continues. "An ex-employee of Stonebridge has filed an unfounded Fair Housing Complaint that captured the attention of the media. The matter is currently in litigation and we are certain that the management team at Stonebridge will be cleared of any wrongdoing. Unfortunately many things that appear in the newspaper are not factual."

But many of them are, and the folks at S&H would be wise to keep in mind that, while Americans really hate journalists, they hate racists even more.

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gm0622
gm0622

Having worked as a maintenance manager, I can kinda understand the manager's issue.

With that stated and out of the way, she broke the law by directing specific buildings for specific people.

MissMacy
MissMacy

Years ago when I lived in Chicago there were two small apartment buildings on our block owned by and occupied by Indian immigrants. But you didn't have to know this ahead of time to figure out who lived there, because you could smell the buildings half a block away. The stench of curry was suffocating. It saturated EVERYTHING. I totally understand how an apartment manager would want to avoid this ... but unfortunately it's also illegal to turn away renters based on an assumption that they'll cook food that stinks!

whocareswhatithink
whocareswhatithink

Its not exactly that she seems to have disliked them, apart from the alledged comment about blowing them up, she managed the property to put them in 2 buildings, thus managing the food smell. Thats good management if you ask me

PersistentID2345
PersistentID2345

Did she actually state that she wished she could "blow them up" or did she allegedly state this?

JustSaying
JustSaying

Does that make me a racist if I can kinda see where this person is coming from? Curry stinks like a dirty diaper wrapped in burnt hair. I dont give a fuck what color the person is that cooks it. That shit will creep into your vents and stink up your apartment like you were broiling a live skunk in your own oven.

cantkeepthetruthdown
cantkeepthetruthdown

"they should funnel any person who had an Indian-sounding surname or accent"


"It's not just that Quandt didn't want such people living in her complex. She didn't want them living at all."


So is it Quandt or Eric Nicholson that is conflating 'Indian' with 'Middle Eastern' here? Did Quandt want to blow up Indians? Or just Middle Easterners? Are they one and the same to her?


Or to Eric Nicholson?



jaybird214
jaybird214

While I don't condone discrimination, I can understand an apartment complex position regarding curry and cooking odors.   I grew up next to an Indian family, where if the door was open you could smell the curry from the sidewalk.  When they moved out the house was on the market for months, and they only got a fraction of the asking price due to the smell.  Cleaning apartments of the smell has to be expensive. 

Myrna.Minkoff-Katz
Myrna.Minkoff-Katz topcommenter

I adore curry, but not if it has fenugreek in it.  I want to gag at the odor of fenugreek. 

CraigT42
CraigT42

How stupid and despicable can you be? I am all in favor of banning curry itself from the complex, but not people.

roo_ster
roo_ster

Huh.

I once rented from a lady who ran a small apartment block.  One of her rules was "no strong cooking odors."  She bounced a guy for violating it.  She wasn't the Soup Nazi, but the Apartment Nazi.

I figured, her property, her rules.

observist
observist

Clearly she's not trying to curry favor with the Middle Easterners and South Asians.

ScottsMerkin
ScottsMerkin topcommenter

I had curry today for lunch, It was enjoyable.  I think its pretty obvious this lady is a nutjob.  "curry people" that made me giggle for a minute at least

roundelay78
roundelay78

@JustSaying 

 No,the lady is a racist,because how the hell are you going to ban somebody from  renting because you don't like the odor of a particular seasoning they cook with. And curry smells good,I don't care what you say. I lived down the hall from an Indian family years ago. and whenever they cooked the spicy smells would wind in my apartment. I not only enjoyed said smells, they made my apartment smell even better.  Bottom line, the women is racist to begin with, she just jumped on that as a lame,sorry excuse to discriminate against Indian tenants. Good thing she got called on it,because that's wrong as hell.

scottindallas
scottindallas topcommenter

@JustSaying The Queen's guards were prohibited from eating curry for essentially the same reason. 

shandango
shandango

@cantkeepthetruthdown Surely she is really ignorant and doesn't  really know the difference BUT the area has a large Pakistani population and they would be majority Muslim (conflating them with middle easterners) and also cook with curry and have Indian-sounding names thereby confusing this dumb lady so much she didn't know who exactly she hated!

Rumpunch1
Rumpunch1

@roo_ster Your on better ground when you limit behavior rather than stereotyping behavior.  She seems very specific in the groups she wants to limit.

Rumpunch1
Rumpunch1

@ScottsMerkin I get curry about once a week.  The joke would have been on her if she had rented me an apartment.  However, that would been I would have to rent in Euless.  Pass.

RTGolden1
RTGolden1 topcommenter

@shandango@cantkeepthetruthdown "      and they would be majority Muslim (conflating them with middle easterners)       ", and how is this so?  Does saying Americans, who, by and large identify as Christian, conflate them with the Middle East?  Are Indonesians, the country with the largest population of Muslims (and highest percentage I believe), conflated with the Middle East?  

C'mon, climb out of that box.

cantkeepthetruthdown
cantkeepthetruthdown

@shandango @RTGolden1 @cantkeepthetruthdown That is your presumption. It was Nicholson who inserted that though. We can just as safely presume it's him that thinks Indians are middle easterners. His piss poor writing leaves the door wide open for all kinds of presumption. 

scottindallas
scottindallas topcommenter

@RTGolden1 @shandango @cantkeepthetruthdown Af/Pak/India is not the Middle East.  Middle Easterners don't traditionally cook with (much) curry.  They'll use cumin, chile, some curry, cardamom, and coriander, but not the wonderfully stinky curries from Indo/Pak

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