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Muslim woman says gas station refused her service
Local 10 ^ | 2/1/2012 | Ben Kennedy

Posted on 02/02/2012 5:51:53 AM PST by SoFloFreeper

A South Florida Muslim woman has hired a lawyer after claiming she was refused service at a Boca Raton gas station because of her religion.

La Fleur Mohamed said she was humiliated in the incident at a Chevron gas station.

Very painful, very painful -- (I) felt really embarrassed," she said.

Mohamed said the attendant refused to let her fill up because she wears niqab, or face veil, because of her religion. She claimed the attendant threw the money back at her and told her to leave.

“I said, ‘Excuse me, but this is my religious right.’ She said, ‘Well, I need to see you.’ I said, ‘No, you don’t. Please just give me $20 on pump No. 1,’ and that’s when she just threw my money back at me,” Mohamed said.

Mohamed called 911 and a police officer showed up, but the attendant wouldn’t change her mind.

“He went in and asked her why she’s not serving me, and she said that it’s company policy not to serve people like me,” Mohamed said.

Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office records state Mohamed did not have enough gas to get to another station.

Dispatch also told arriving deputies, "They are refusing to give her gas because of her religion."

Mohamed said Chevron officials apologized but claimed they found no evidence of discrimination, and she hired a lawyer, Wilfredo Ruiz.

“In this particular case, when somebody’s escorted by law enforcement and asked to be served and what she hears is a refusal, there’s no doubt that this is a violation of Title 2 of the Civil Rights Act,” Ruiz said.

Mohamed is also taking her complaint to the Florida Commission on Human Relations, a state agency that is now investigating.

“I need people to be aware that we are here. We’re Americans, and we deserve the same right, the same treatment as everyone else,” Mohamed said.

Mohamed said she wants an apology and for Chevron to launch a discrimination training program for employees.

In response, Chevron spokesman Brent Tippen released the following statement:

"Chevron continues to take Ms. Mohamed’s allegations seriously.

"In response to the incident which occurred in October last year, we conducted a thorough investigation. We spoke with our employee cashier and reviewed the store surveillance tape. The incident occurred within a few days of Halloween -- a time when retailers are prone to increased theft from persons wearing masks and other facial coverings. In light of this concern, we acknowledge that our employee did ask Ms. Mohamed to remove her veil for security purposes; when she refused, she was denied service.

"We fully believe that our employee acted without the intent to violate Ms. Mohamed’s religious principles and any suggestion that discrimination is acceptable at Chevron is completely false. Chevron employs 60,000 people from countries across the globe. Our Human Rights policy requires that we treat all people with respect and dignity.

"Regardless, we regret the misunderstanding. We have apologized twice to Ms. Mohamed and encouraged our employees to be more aware of potential diversity issues."

Local 10 asked Tippen, if the employee thought Mohamed was going to steal or that she was dressed for Halloween, how would he explain the attendant refusing to serve Mohamed when the Palm Beach County deputy was there, vouching that Mohamed was a legitimate customer? Tippen responded:

"The cashier was asked by the police officer about the issue. The cashier indicated that she was following publicly posted instructions to ask customers to remove masks or other facial coverings for security camera purposes. This is consistent with Chevron’s focus on safety for both its employees and customers. The officer was only inquiring about the cashier’s decision, not to assist with the transaction.

"Again we acknowledge that this incident was a misunderstanding. It is not our policy to deny service to customers based on their religious dress. Ms. Mohamed would be served if she came into one of our stores tomorrow."


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To: skeeter

—Wrong. They’re proscribed under the hijab dress code and are very muslim.—

Like Christianity, Islam has cultural (not religious) practices. Burka’s are no more religious than stained glass, pipe organs or Christmas trees.


51 posted on 02/02/2012 6:35:36 AM PST by cuban leaf (Were doomed! Details at eleven.)
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To: albie
“Very painful, very painful — (I) felt really embarrassed”

On a scale of gas refusal to genital mutilation, how painful was it, really?

52 posted on 02/02/2012 6:35:41 AM PST by Albion Wilde (A land of hyper-legalisms is not the same as a land of law. --Mark Steyn)
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To: Eric in the Ozarks

To leech off our success and replace it with their failed culture— the same as in Europe. Makes perfect sense, right?


53 posted on 02/02/2012 6:35:55 AM PST by Dysart ("Don't worry, it's not loaded")
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To: skeeter

—Wrong. They’re proscribed under the hijab dress code and are very muslim.—
Oh, and this is as good a rundown as any: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Burqa


54 posted on 02/02/2012 6:36:02 AM PST by cuban leaf (Were doomed! Details at eleven.)
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To: SoFloFreeper
I have no problem making it so uncomfortable for Muslims that they self deport. (Including U.S. citizens) Deport to a Muslim country. Good riddance to bad garbage.

Islam is a made up religion by one guy, Mohammad, a murdering, thieving, illiterate, child molester.

55 posted on 02/02/2012 6:36:47 AM PST by faucetman ( Just the facts, ma'am, Just the facts)
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To: LomanBill
Maybe this is why she didn't want to take off her veil:


56 posted on 02/02/2012 6:36:47 AM PST by Yehuda
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To: skeeter

—Wrong. They’re proscribed under the hijab dress code and are very muslim.—
This is a good one too: http://www.apologeticsindex.org/504-muslim-veils


57 posted on 02/02/2012 6:37:06 AM PST by cuban leaf (Were doomed! Details at eleven.)
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To: SoFloFreeper

I’ll feel sorry for her when they allow Christians to have a Bible in Saudi Arabia. Heck they don’t even allow women to drive there.


58 posted on 02/02/2012 6:37:11 AM PST by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: cuban leaf

The covering dress code and the veil predates islam and was a cultural custom.


59 posted on 02/02/2012 6:38:51 AM PST by RJS1950 (The democrats are the "enemies foreign and domestic" cited in the federal oath)
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To: SoFloFreeper

Maybe the attendant thought she shouldn’t drive, because she is a terrorist...and they don’t have the right to drive in terrorist countries.


60 posted on 02/02/2012 6:39:55 AM PST by ExCTCitizen (If we stay home in November '12, don't blame 0 for tearing up the CONSTITUTION!!)
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To: SoFloFreeper

I would have pumped her gas as I had my dog beside me, while I was eating a huge b-b-q pork sandwich, singing a good Christan hymn and my Mommand was a pedophile tee-shirt on.


61 posted on 02/02/2012 6:40:34 AM PST by baddog 219
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To: SoFloFreeper

Why was a muslim female driving? Does her family know?

If I wore a mask over my face, I’m pretty sure I’d get asked to leave a lot of businesses.


62 posted on 02/02/2012 6:44:14 AM PST by SampleMan (Feral Humans are the refuse of socialism.)
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To: RJS1950

—The covering dress code and the veil predates islam and was a cultural custom.—

Precisely.


63 posted on 02/02/2012 6:45:08 AM PST by cuban leaf (Were doomed! Details at eleven.)
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To: SoFloFreeper
We’re Americans, and we deserve the same right, the same treatment as everyone else

Sounds like you're a muslim in America - not an American muslim.
You don't want the same rights, you want special rights.
Any business has the right to refuse service for any reason. If you're offended, get over it and drive down the street.

64 posted on 02/02/2012 6:45:14 AM PST by grobdriver (Proud Member, Party Of No! No Socialism - No Fascism - Nobama - No Way!)
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To: cuban leaf

Fast and Furious hearing going on right now.

WATCH LIVE: AG #Holder answers for #FastAndFurious:

http://bit.ly/sa4ZZy via @GOPOversight

Political correctness will only be our undoing ifwe let it.


65 posted on 02/02/2012 6:46:06 AM PST by MestaMachine (obama kills)
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To: cuban leaf

Private company, can do business with whomever they choose. There is no law that says a company has to do business with everyone. They just wont be in business long. That is why discrimination lawsuits are BS. Unless a company receives public monies, the gubbmint cannot force them to do business with anyone.


66 posted on 02/02/2012 6:46:23 AM PST by Bruinator ("For socialism is not merely the labour question, it is before all things an atheistic question")
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To: SoFloFreeper

This Muslim and others will probably in the future get the “special” halel blend of gas.


67 posted on 02/02/2012 6:46:23 AM PST by Eye of Unk (Liberals need not reply.)
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To: SoFloFreeper

The attendant should have said she was following Sharia law AND WAS PROTECTING THE WOMEN’S RELIGION as the women should not have been driving in the first place as it is prohibited by the Muslim Religion.


68 posted on 02/02/2012 6:47:22 AM PST by commish (Freedom tastes sweetest to those who have fought to preserve it.)
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To: cuban leaf

FLORIDA Chapter 876 Criminal Anarchy, Treason and other
Crimes Against Public Order
876.13 Wearing mask, hood, or other device on public property.—No person or persons shall in this state, while wearing any mask, hood, or device whereby any portion of the face is so hidden, concealed, or covered as to conceal the identity of the wearer, enter upon, or be, or appear upon or within the public property of any municipality or county of the state.


69 posted on 02/02/2012 6:47:58 AM PST by Kirkwood (Zombie Hunter)
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To: Vigilanteman

“Guess what? I take off my hat and dark glasses when I approach the counter because I do not want it to be an issue.”

Ed Zachary.

Here in Nuevo Yorko I always take my winter scarf (well, its warm today) away from my face when I approach a person or a business.

“Hi, I’m NOT a mugger/OWS jackass/homicide bomber”.


70 posted on 02/02/2012 6:48:17 AM PST by Yehuda
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To: grobdriver

—You don’t want the same rights, you want special rights.—

Not to hijack the thread, but it is the same as my position on gay marriage. They have the exact same rights as everyone else. They can marry any non-sibling of the opposite sex as long as they or the person they wish to marry is not already married.

Completely fair and equal. Problem is, they want to do something completely different and force everyone else to call it “marriage”.

Back to the burka, burqua, or however the heck it’s spelled.


71 posted on 02/02/2012 6:48:42 AM PST by cuban leaf (Were doomed! Details at eleven.)
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To: Eye of Unk

ONLY if they drink it on the premises.


72 posted on 02/02/2012 6:49:00 AM PST by MestaMachine (obama kills)
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To: SoFloFreeper
We’re Americans, and we deserve the same right, the same treatment as everyone else,” Mohamed said.

No, it seems you want special treatment.
73 posted on 02/02/2012 6:49:07 AM PST by SouthWall (If we are having diversity classes, shouldn't we be having unity classes?)
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To: Kirkwood

Looks like the gas station has a case and the presence of the police is completely irrelevant to this.


74 posted on 02/02/2012 6:50:23 AM PST by cuban leaf (Were doomed! Details at eleven.)
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To: cuban leaf
Others believe the veils are a sign of radicalisation, a move to Islamism -- the most extreme interpretation of Islam. The veil is often considered an obstacle to integration.

Yep. In fact, in the west the burka seems to be a public statement against integration. To accept it is to accept the destruction of the American way of life.

75 posted on 02/02/2012 6:50:23 AM PST by skeeter
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To: ZULU

Amen!!!


76 posted on 02/02/2012 6:52:34 AM PST by dannibp (I must remind myself daily that God is in control.)
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To: skeeter

—To accept it is to accept the destruction of the American way of life.—

IOW, it is an act of rebellion against US culture and the US in genera. I find it interesting that Turkey is able to ban it. http://www.apologeticsindex.org/504-muslim-veils

“In Turkey, scarves are banned in civic spaces, including schools, universities - state or private - and official buildings.”


77 posted on 02/02/2012 6:53:28 AM PST by cuban leaf (Were doomed! Details at eleven.)
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To: RJS1950
The covering dress code and the veil predates islam and was a cultural custom.

Perhaps, but by her own words this woman wasn't wearing the garment because it is traditional, she is wearing because its part of her religion, so it really doesn't matter what arabs did 1800 years ago.

78 posted on 02/02/2012 6:55:58 AM PST by skeeter
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To: Bruinator

—Private company, can do business with whomever they choose. There is no law that says a company has to do business with everyone. They just wont be in business long. That is why discrimination lawsuits are BS. Unless a company receives public monies, the gubbmint cannot force them to do business with anyone.—

That is patently false. It may be true on paper, but good luck with that in the real world if you can’t show cause for refusing service to someone (they were belligerent, etc.)


79 posted on 02/02/2012 6:55:57 AM PST by cuban leaf (Were doomed! Details at eleven.)
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To: stuartcr; cuban leaf
"What a jerk. Why does he have to see her if she’s paying in cash?"

The proprietor has the right to refuse service to anyone. Buying gasoline is not a "religious right" as the woman said. (‘Excuse me, but this is my religious right.’ She said)

She also said about the clerk" she said that it’s company policy not to serve people like me,”
I have a feeling that this is a fabrication. I also have a feeling that "Mohammed's Flower" is one of the growing number of American born women who have made the quick and possibly superfluous conversion to Islam for the purpose of recognition and publicity.

It's odd that she says wearing the mask is her "religious RIGHT". Isn't it true that she has no choice in the matter as a Muslim woman?

80 posted on 02/02/2012 6:57:00 AM PST by Baynative (The penalty for not participating in politics is you will be governed by your inferiors.)
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To: Free Vulcan

I agree with you. If someone wants to live in our country, let them adjust to US. I’m tired of tolerating weirdo freaks with violent religions. If they don’t like it, they don’t have to come here to live.


81 posted on 02/02/2012 6:57:04 AM PST by Mr Rogers ("they found themselves made strangers in their own country")
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To: Bruinator

—There is no law that says a company has to do business with everyone.—

That is a true statement, but very misleading since there are plenty of laws about what reasons businesses can use to refuse service to someone. It is highly regulated.

http://www.legalzoom.com/us-law/equal-rights/right-refuse-service


82 posted on 02/02/2012 6:59:55 AM PST by cuban leaf (Were doomed! Details at eleven.)
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To: SoFloFreeper
I understand that the company's policy that led to the refusal of service can cause some Muslims concern -- even to fear for their safety.. and I am compassionate to a fault.

I remember the time when Americans of Japanese origin faced similar threats and were relocated to remote areas for their own safety. (Mostly, but some who were suspected of helping Imperial Japan were held in camps.)

Some Muslims living here express great concern for their safety.. well we can do no less to protect them than we did to protect the Americans of Japanese origin -- and the sooner the better.

The company has a policy that has absolutely nothing to do with religion, go somewhere else.. but no! Some Muslims have other reasons -- Keep on yanking the junk yard dogs' chains, Muhammed. That's real smart.

83 posted on 02/02/2012 7:02:03 AM PST by WilliamofCarmichael (If modern America's Man on Horseback is out there, Get on the damn horse already!)
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To: Baynative

Lots of people of all denominations bend their rules some. Maybe she’s a MINO?


84 posted on 02/02/2012 7:02:32 AM PST by stuartcr ("In this election year of 12, how deep into their closets will we delve?")
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To: Baynative

—The proprietor has the right to refuse service to anyone.—
Not true: http://www.legalzoom.com/us-law/equal-rights/right-refuse-service

—She also said about the clerk” she said that it’s company policy not to serve people like me,” —

I think she is paraphrasing. She may be interpretting “we don’t serve people who cover their face” to mean “we don’t serve people ‘like you’”. English is a very precise language and I think it is her second language.

And besides, if there are no other witnesses, her claim about what was said is worthless. Another infamous woman claimed that the Duke LaCross team did all sorts of bad stuff that they didn’t do.


85 posted on 02/02/2012 7:03:41 AM PST by cuban leaf (Were doomed! Details at eleven.)
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To: SoFloFreeper

Serves her right. Muslim women aren’t allowed to drive, or even leave the house without a male relative in tow.

(Is the < /sarc > tag really needed?)


86 posted on 02/02/2012 7:06:09 AM PST by JimRed (Excising a cancer before it kills us waters the Tree of Liberty! TERM LIMITS, NOW AND FOREVER!)
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To: SoFloFreeper
"The cashier was asked by the police officer about the issue. The cashier indicated that she was following publicly posted instructions to ask customers to remove masks or other facial coverings for security camera purposes. This is consistent with Chevron’s focus on safety for both its employees and customers. The officer was only inquiring about the cashier’s decision, not to assist with the transaction.

The officer was only inquiring about the cashier’s decision, not to assist with the transaction.

What?!! You mean I can't call 9-1-1 to get an officer to come make things right at McDonald's if they put pickles on my Big Mac and I told them not to?!

87 posted on 02/02/2012 7:06:49 AM PST by WilliamofCarmichael (If modern America's Man on Horseback is out there, Get on the damn horse already!)
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To: skeeter; Travis McGee; RaceBannon
"Perhaps, but by her own words this woman wasn't wearing the garment because it is traditional, she is wearing because its part of her religion, so it really doesn't matter what arabs did 1800 years ago. "

Yeah, well her "religion" has been saying she has to convert or exterminate all of us non-muslims for over 1300 years, so are we supposed to tolerate that also?

MUCK FISLAM.


88 posted on 02/02/2012 7:10:38 AM PST by Yehuda
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To: SoFloFreeper

Good for Chevron for not backing down.

I have seen signs in many establishments that indicate that patrons must remove any masks. My bank asks customers to remove hats and sunglasses.

Sounds like a mohammedan is just trying to provoke.

Fleur? Oh, I’ll bet she’s a flower.


89 posted on 02/02/2012 7:10:49 AM PST by Bigg Red (Pray for our republic.)
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To: skeeter

Likewise, if my bank proscribes no covered faces, facemasks etc then those are the rules any customer abides by. Religious custom, whatever the religion and however it is dictated doesn’t matter. Under what law is it dictated that a private business has to serve everyone regardless of the rules or circumstances? If that were the case then there are a lot of muslim cabdrivers and other muslim businesses who have refused to serve customers because of their service dogs, use of alcohol and in some cases because they objected to the clothing worn by females. The sons of pig f’n dogs can pack it up their arses.


90 posted on 02/02/2012 7:14:36 AM PST by RJS1950 (The democrats are the "enemies foreign and domestic" cited in the federal oath)
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To: Yehuda
I cannot fathom those who are so willing to extend our precious liberties to a group of people so dedicatd to our destruction.

In spite of the abundant evidence all over the world of how non-muslims fare under the influence of Islam.

Our how they treat each other, for that matter.

91 posted on 02/02/2012 7:14:38 AM PST by skeeter
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To: ozarkgirl

My bank asks customers to remove hats and sunglasses.


92 posted on 02/02/2012 7:15:51 AM PST by Bigg Red (Pray for our republic.)
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To: RJS1950
If that were the case then there are a lot of muslim cabdrivers and other muslim businesses who have refused to serve customers because of their service dogs, use of alcohol and in some cases because they objected to the clothing worn by females.

A nice little religious perk to be able to use the Constitution and the Koran alternately to get what you want.

93 posted on 02/02/2012 7:21:18 AM PST by skeeter
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To: ZULU

Another ill to thank the Kennedys for—opening up the country to the 3rd world muslims


94 posted on 02/02/2012 7:21:18 AM PST by uncbob
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To: 4Runner

Good point.


95 posted on 02/02/2012 7:21:38 AM PST by SoFloFreeper
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To: SoFloFreeper

Sounds like Ms. Mohamed needs some cultural sensitivity training. She clearly doesn’t understand that individuals wearing masks and other facial coverings are seen as potetential threats in our culture...the one she has CHOSEN to live in.

When Western women go to Islamic countries, they typically wear whatever coverings are needed to avoid offending others and running afoul of the law. Muslim women in the US should reciprocate. There seems to be a “racism” against Americans and other Westerners in that regard, as we are expected to abide by their customs, but they often show contempt for ours.

Also, I believe someone who follows Sharia law so closely that she refuses to remove her face covering in public, should not even be out in public, without a male relative escorting her.


96 posted on 02/02/2012 7:21:57 AM PST by Above My Pay Grade
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To: morphing libertarian

>>>Duh, she was paying cash up front.

If something happens you can usually take the license number and description of the car. Or pass a law you can’t cover your face.<<<

Paying cash upfront is irrelevant. After handing him the cash, she could have pulled out a gun and robbed and possibly killed the cashier.


97 posted on 02/02/2012 7:25:27 AM PST by Above My Pay Grade
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To: Yehuda

Shrugs, serve them but hold a gun on them till they leave if they are wearing facial coverings. I mean it’s a matter of self defense.


98 posted on 02/02/2012 7:29:49 AM PST by lwoodham (Time is what keeps everything from happening all at once.)
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To: stuartcr
Why does he have to see her if she’s paying in cash?

What if her money is counterfeit? Then the employee on the hook for $20 and out of a job for violating company policy.

99 posted on 02/02/2012 7:30:27 AM PST by kaboom
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To: toothfairy86
And why is a “religious” Muslim woman pumping her own gasoline anyway? Isn’t her husband with her?

Indeed, according to her "religion", she shouldn't even be driving a car.

"I'm sorry, ma'am, I too am a devout Muslim. Certainly you realize that our religion requires me now to stone you to death for driving an automobile..."

100 posted on 02/02/2012 7:34:43 AM PST by jiggyboy (Ten percent of poll respondents are either lying or insane)
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