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Insulting email mistakenly sent to couple

UPI News Service, 10/22/2012 

A British woman said she was "horrified" to receive an email saying she and her fiance were not the "type of people" to have their wedding at a hotel.

Pauline Bailey, 27, said she and fiance Paul Carty, 51, inquired about holding their wedding at the Stoke Park Hotel in Stoke Poges, England, and she later received an email from Michele Connelly, the hotel's wedding coordinator, that was apparently intended for sales manager Carlo Zoccali, The Daily Telegraph reported Monday.

"I need your advice on this wedding," the email read. "I know this probably doesn't sound very nice, but I am trying to put this wedding off as I don't think they are the type of people that we would want to have at Stoke Park."

Bailey said she was shocked when she read the email.

"I was horrified," Bailey said. "Effectively she was asking her boss how she could get rid of us? The suggestion was that we were undesirables, which we definitely are not. We're a respectable, middle-class, hard-working, well-educated couple, who both speak well and were certainly not dragged-up, so to speak."

Bailey said she feels she and Carty were discriminated against due to their large age difference.

A representative for the hotel apologized for the incident and said the employee would be "dealt with internally."

"At Stoke Park, we welcome all who wish to have their wedding with us," the representative said in an email to Bailey. "We pride ourselves on the highest quality of service and hospitality and if you would still consider us as a venue for your special day, I would be delighted to meet with you to discuss this further."

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