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.
Read full update in this report
Via an email received on Saturday, December 28, 2013
Subject: M&S Muslim store worker refuses to serve a customer buying a children’s book on Christianity because she said it was “unclean”
The Marks and Spencer saga continues!
Shopper, Sally Friday, felt publicly humiliated at a branch of Marks & Spencer when she tried to pay for ‘First Bible Stories’ as a gift for her young grandson.
When she put the book on the check-out counter, the Muslim assistant refused to touch it, declared it was unclean and summoned another member of staff to serve instead.
Mrs Friday said she was so upset that she has now complained to the store’s management. Mrs Friday said her trip to the sales in Reading, Berks, with her
daughter had been ruined.
“I went to the till and heard the girl say it was unclean and then she got someone else to serve me,” said Mrs Friday. “At first I wasn’t sure what was going on and then I realised she was wearing a headdress and I clicked that the title of the book had Bible in it. I felt very humiliated and immediately left the store.”
Mrs Friday, from Old Basing, Hants, added: “I have given it careful thought and still feel humiliated that, because I am purchasing a children’s Bible story book, a cashier
is able to object and refuse to put it through the till.”
“Had this been a copy of the Koran I am confident any Christian person would be happy to do her job, and for this to happen in a Marks & Spencer of all places beggars belief.”
“I am not racist but I have vowed never to let a person wearing a headdress serve me again. It will be a long, long time before I shop again at M&S.”
This new row comes after the recent scandal where M&S informed Muslim staff they can refuse to serve customers buying alcohol and pork.
This is Britain not Saudi Arabia! What next? Why Britain seeks to appease every other religion or ethnic group, but there is no reciprocal move by those countries
to accommodate OUR customs and religion?
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!
. . . . Updates bound to follow, watch this space!