M&S TELLS MUSLIM STAFF THEY CAN REFUSE TO SERVE CUSTOMERS BUYING ALCOHOL OR PORK
This is in Great Britain, not Saudi Arabia!
Marks & Spencers (M&S), an old British firm on the UK’s retailing market, has told its Muslim staff they can refuse to serve shoppers buying alcohol or pork! The chain has granted its checkout workers in more than seven hundred stores permission to decline to serve customers on religious grounds. Instead, shoppers are being asked to wait to pay for certain items at a different till!
This seems quite out of the ordinary, a tad wee bonkers, and just plain craven acquiescence to a foreign religion on home turf, when the same is NOT reciprocated in any mild form in such Muslim states.
Last week, shoppers buying alcoholic drinks for Christmas at a M&S store in central London were asked by a Muslim checkout worker to wait to be served by another member of staff. One customer – who wishes to remain unnamed – told a newspaper she was “taken aback” by the M&S store worker’s request.
Britain, like a couple more other European states, seeks to appease every other religion or ethnic group, but there is no reciprocal move by those Muslim countries to accommodate other (Western or non) customs and religions. For example, despite the presence of thousands of Saudi funded mosques in Britain, there is not a single Christian church in the whole of Saudi Arabia!
In contrast to M&S, Sainsbury’s has told Muslim staff that there is no reason why they cannot handle goods such as alcohol and pork – even if they are not allowed to eat or drink the products.
M&S apology over Muslim staff policy
Marks and Spencer says shoppers won’t be refused alcohol by staff as it claims a failure to follow internal policy led to a shopper being told to queue elsewhere because a Muslim worker couldn’t serve them alcohol
A Marks and Spencer customer chooses a bottle of wine Photo: Kumar Sriskandan / Alamy
Customers at Marks and Spencer will not be refused alcohol or pork by Muslim staff after the store reacted to a massive backlash by customers.
Thousands of shoppers threatened to boycott the retailer after Marks and Spencer said it would allow Muslim staff to refuse to sell pork and alcohol because it was against their religious beliefs.
But now Marks and Spencer has apologised and said that Muslim staff who did not want to handle these products would not man tills and would work in other roles such as in clothing or in the bakery.
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