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Thursday, March 15, 2007

Please... no bacon.

Beryl Dsouza was late and in no mood for delays when she stopped at a Target store after work two weeks ago for milk, bread and bacon.
So Dsouza was taken aback when the cashier — who had on the traditional headscarf, or hijab, worn by many Muslim women — refused to swipe the bacon through the checkout scanner.

“She made me scan the bacon. Then she opened the bag and made me put it in the bag,” said Dsouza, 53, of Minneapolis. “It made me wonder why this person took a job as a cashier.”

In the latest example of religious beliefs creating tension in the workplace, some Muslims in the Twin Cities are adhering to a strict interpretation of the Qur’an that prohibits the handling of pork products.

Instead of swiping the items themselves, they are asking non-Muslim employees or shoppers to do it for them.

Read the rest here

Hat tip to T19

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

I think I'd begin saying that my religion prohibits me from dealing with Muslims and low-level employees, therefore I will only allow my Target purchases to be scanned by a non-Muslim store manager, and will stand in line until said manager comes and takes over the cash register.

Anonymous said...

America was a well-intentioned but pretty bad enlightenment idea that is playing itself out. Along our path of many bad ideas was religioius liberty + encourage lots of muslims to move here.