Now, at Marks & Spencer, Muslim staff can refuse to serve customers buying alcohol, pork, or Bibles!
UK Daily Mail (h/t Claire) The chain has granted checkout workers in more than 700 stores permission to politely decline to serve customers for religious reasons. Instead, shoppers are being asked to wait to pay for certain items at a different till. The policy highlights a divide among the mainstream food retailers over whether religious staff should be excused from certain tasks.
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. A spokesman said the retailer’s official guidelines – which see everyone treated ‘fairly’ – were written following consultations with religious groups, according to The Sunday Telegraph.
However, Morrisons – which is based in Bradford, where there is a large Muslim population – said it had a long-standing commitment to ‘respecting and working around’ workers’ wishes not to handle certain products for religious or cultural reasons.
Meanwhile, Asda bosses have chosen not to allow Muslims who object to handling alcohol to serve customers on checkouts. And Tesco agreed it ‘would make no sense’ to employ staff on a till who refused to touch specific items – but said it treats each case individually, with no specific policy in place.
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 the newspaper she was ‘taken aback’ by the worker’s request.
‘I had one bottle of champagne, and the lady – who was wearing a headscarf – was very apologetic but said she could not serve me,’ said the customer. ‘She told me to wait until another member of staff was available.’
A M&S spokesman said the policy of tolerance acknowledges the beliefs of other religious workers, including Christians and Jews. He added that the major retailer strives to promote ‘an environment free from discrimination’.
Apparently, M&S has even adopted Islam’s 5 Pillars:
A Muslim store worker at Marks & Spencer refused to serve a customer buying a children’s book on biblical stories because she said it was “unclean.”
UK Daily Mail Sally Friday, a customer at a branch of one of the famous stores, felt publicly humiliated when she tried to pay for First Bible Stories as a gift for her young grandson. When the grandmother put the book on the counter, the assistant refused to touch it, declared it was unclean and then summoned another member of staff to deal with the purchase.
Mrs Friday was so upset that she has now complained to the store’s manager. Politicians and religious leaders supported her in condemning the high street chain and it has reignited the debate over religious beliefs in the workplace.
Conservative MP Philip Davies said the refusal to serve Mrs Friday, 69, was “unacceptable” and “damaging” to community relations.
Mrs Friday said that the incident had ruined her trip to the sales in Reading, Berks, with her daughter. She said: “I went to the till and heard the girl say it was unclean and then she got someone else to serve me. “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, who lives in Old Basing, Hants, went on: 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.
More reasons why you should NEVER HIRE A MUSLIM
UPDATE: Marks & Spencer apologizes and drops their Islamopandering policy after massive backlash by tens of thousands of customers who threatened to boycott their stores: M&S APOLOGIZES
UPDATE #2: And right on schedule, the dhimmi media are blaming the uproar at Marks and Spencer on “Islamophobia!” furor-over-mss-muslim-staff-policy-shows-islamophobia-problem