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M&S tells Muslim staff they CAN refuse to serve customers buying alcohol or pork (england)
dailymail.co.uk ^ | december 22, 2013 | sophie jane adams

Posted on 12/22/2013 11:07:19 AM PST by lowbridge

Marks & Spencer has told Muslim staff they can refuse to serve shoppers buying alcohol or pork, it has been revealed. 

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.

(Excerpt) Read more at dailymail.co.uk ...


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Culture/Society; Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events; United Kingdom
KEYWORDS: islam; uk; unitedkingdom

1 posted on 12/22/2013 11:07:19 AM PST by lowbridge
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To: lowbridge

How would M&S treat an employee who refused to serve Muslims wearing hijabs because it made them uncomfortable?


2 posted on 12/22/2013 11:10:44 AM PST by PGR88
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To: lowbridge

One hast to be physically capable and willing to do what the job requires.

It’s a condition of employment.

If you are unable or unwilling to do a given job, with all that entails, you need to seek more suitable employment.


3 posted on 12/22/2013 11:10:57 AM PST by null and void (I'm betting on an Obama Trifecta: A Nobel Peace Prize, an Impeachment, AND a War Crimes Trial...)
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To: lowbridge

So are they going to have signs pointing out the full function checkout lines? Might be racist!


4 posted on 12/22/2013 11:11:11 AM PST by RightGeek (FUBO and the donkey you rode in on)
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To: lowbridge

Load up cart full of goods, go to checkout, when they hit the hidden bacon and refuse, then just simply walk out of store leaving them to restock it all...

Screw ‘em...


5 posted on 12/22/2013 11:13:59 AM PST by GraceG
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To: lowbridge
Try that over here and see what happens.

If bakers, photographers, and florists can't refuse gay weddings on religious grounds, then neither can Muslims refuse to serve alcohol on religious grounds over here.

But we'll soon see...

-PJ

6 posted on 12/22/2013 11:17:55 AM PST by Political Junkie Too (If you are the Posterity of We the People, then you are a Natural Born Citizen.)
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To: lowbridge

Okay. Fine. Just take the stuff and walk.


7 posted on 12/22/2013 11:19:54 AM PST by Gen.Blather
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To: GraceG
"Load up cart full of goods, go to checkout, when they hit the hidden bacon and refuse, then just simply walk out of store leaving them to restock it all..."

And repeat as necessary or non-Muslims could simply boycott M & S until business sense kicks in, if it ever does.

8 posted on 12/22/2013 11:21:27 AM PST by Truth29
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To: lowbridge

Well, it’s a private business, so it’s their call to make. I think it is a little bit absurd, however. My understanding of Halal food laws (which I admit is not complete) is that they forbid the consumption of pork or alcohol, not the sale of said products to other. I mean, my butcher is Jewish, and he has never had a problem selling me pork chops or Schweinhaxe.

Besides, as Super-Chicken often said: You knew the job was dangerous when you took it. :-)

(BTW, One wonders if the company has a pharmacy, and if a pharmacist working their would have the right to refuse sale of an abortifacient drug on religious grounds?)


9 posted on 12/22/2013 11:23:00 AM PST by DemforBush (I'm siiiinging in the rain *kick* Just siiingin' in the rain! *kick* *kick*)
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To: lowbridge

That does not make any sense at all.


10 posted on 12/22/2013 11:31:11 AM PST by TribalPrincess2U (0bama's agenda¬óDivide and conquer seems to be working.)
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To: lowbridge

The $64,000 question is: can muslims refuse to serve gay customers??


11 posted on 12/22/2013 11:33:43 AM PST by Bryanw92 (Sic semper tyrannis)
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To: DemforBush

>>I mean, my butcher is Jewish, and he has never had a problem selling me pork chops

How does he butcher the pig?


12 posted on 12/22/2013 11:35:17 AM PST by Bryanw92 (Sic semper tyrannis)
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To: lowbridge
Who's on the board of directors at M&S? Nothing like insulting your customers, “Please you filthy non-Muslims, stand in the line over there if you want to purchase that filth.”
13 posted on 12/22/2013 11:35:19 AM PST by Chgogal (Obama "hung the SEALs out to dry, basically exposed them like a set of dog balls..." CMH)
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To: DemforBush
my butcher is Jewish, and he has never had a problem selling me pork chops or Schweinhaxe.

Are they Kosher?

14 posted on 12/22/2013 11:40:53 AM PST by ROCKLOBSTER (Celebrate "Republicans Freed the Slaves" Month.)
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To: lowbridge

It’s disturbing how many times I have read things like this and then have checked to see if it were satire.


15 posted on 12/22/2013 11:46:56 AM PST by OldNewYork (I have voted against free ice cream. And I will do it again.)
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To: PGR88

or if a gay person refuses to be waited on by a Muslim since they believe Gays should be stoned, beheaded, hanged....

I often wonder why Gays, GLAD groups aren’t going after Muslims for their religious beliefs on Gays...


16 posted on 12/22/2013 11:47:56 AM PST by Engedi
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To: lowbridge

Yep. Figures. Let them try that here.


17 posted on 12/22/2013 11:48:31 AM PST by SkyDancer (Live your life in such a way that the Westboro church will want to picket your funeral.)
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To: lowbridge
take it the farthest point, can the Muzzies wear a sharpen
sword while working..it's a religious belief (Singhs).

18 posted on 12/22/2013 11:54:02 AM PST by skinkinthegrass (The end move in politics is always to pick up a gun..0'Caligula / 0'Reid / 0'Pelosi :-)
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To: lowbridge

so phony...the 9-11 muslim hijackers were plastered on occasion


19 posted on 12/22/2013 11:59:52 AM PST by Sacajaweau
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To: lowbridge

they harass employees and make them hide crosses because that may offend some. but muzzies get their religious crap protected?

their rulers deserve revolt and removal.


20 posted on 12/22/2013 12:17:53 PM PST by Secret Agent Man (Gone Galt; Not averse to Going Bronson.)
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To: SkyDancer

they have. muzzie cabdrivers refusing to take people with service dogs.


21 posted on 12/22/2013 12:19:39 PM PST by Secret Agent Man (Gone Galt; Not averse to Going Bronson.)
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To: lowbridge

Here is the irony:

Marks and Spencers are the most famous Jewish business in the UK.


22 posted on 12/22/2013 12:34:15 PM PST by the scotsman (i)
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To: lowbridge

In that case I can refuse to go to a checkout with a towelhead.


23 posted on 12/22/2013 12:36:27 PM PST by I want the USA back (Media: completely irresponsible traitors. Complicit in the destruction of our country.)
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To: lowbridge

M&S faces furious backlash from customers over Muslim policy

Marks & Spencer’s official Facebook page is deluged with messages from customers furious at bosses’ decision to let Muslim staff refuse to serve pork and alcohol to customers, as campaign is launched to boycott store

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/newsbysector/retailandconsumer/10533728/MandS-faces-furious-backlash-from-customers-over-Muslim-policy.html


24 posted on 12/22/2013 12:38:39 PM PST by the scotsman (i)
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To: TribalPrincess2U

It does if you wish to ingratiate yourself with your new masters.


25 posted on 12/22/2013 12:58:22 PM PST by pluvmantelo (...the struggle was finished. He had won the victory over himself. He loved Obama.)
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To: Secret Agent Man

Heard about that it happened in the US. I think that people could sue the cab company. If those Mussies are hired to do a job they best by gosh do it or find some other kind of work.


26 posted on 12/22/2013 12:58:58 PM PST by SkyDancer (Live your life in such a way that the Westboro church will want to picket your funeral.)
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To: skinkinthegrass

Sikhs are not Muslim.


27 posted on 12/22/2013 1:01:49 PM PST by pluvmantelo (...the struggle was finished. He had won the victory over himself. He loved Obama.)
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To: GraceG
Load up cart full of goods, go to checkout, when they hit the hidden bacon and refuse, then just simply walk out of store leaving them to restock it all...

I like it. Let them experience the wasted time and money that comes from surrendering to Islamic supremacy demands.

28 posted on 12/22/2013 1:10:36 PM PST by Dagnabitt (Amnesty is Treason. Its agents are Traitors.)
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To: lowbridge

Marks & Sparks has lost it big time, I see. Well, Brit friends, just F’m.


29 posted on 12/22/2013 1:17:49 PM PST by GGpaX4DumpedTea (I am a Tea Party descendant...steeped in the Constitutional Republic given to us by the Founders)
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To: lowbridge

I bought my share of pork pies at M&S on a trip to London last month and will do that again. They also have self-checkout — even though this is ridiculous. Plenty of muslims in hijabs and even burkas shopping on Oxford St.


30 posted on 12/22/2013 1:26:09 PM PST by Moonmad27 ("I'm not bad, I'm just drawn that way." Jessica Rabbit)
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To: lowbridge

There are other retails stores to go to.
If this happened to me, I would leave my cart and leave.
Let the non-moslims put everything back.
And I would not darken their door again.


31 posted on 12/22/2013 1:47:29 PM PST by rawhide
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To: Political Junkie Too

Actually, IIRC, I believe Target in Minnesota has been faced with this issue and succumbed to the Islam pressure groups to some extent.


32 posted on 12/22/2013 1:49:05 PM PST by rawhide
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To: pluvmantelo
of course; they aren't..theirs is a religion,
not a murderous Deathcult/personality cult.

33 posted on 12/22/2013 2:01:51 PM PST by skinkinthegrass (The end move in politics is always to pick up a gun..0'Caligula / 0'Reid / 0'Pelosi :-)
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To: lowbridge; All

More Islamic Intolerance...if Muslims cannot comply with a non Muslim nations mores and ways...they need to leave.


34 posted on 12/22/2013 2:37:53 PM PST by SeminoleCounty (Einstein was right)
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To: skinkinthegrass

I misunderstood your post, then. Sorry bout that.


35 posted on 12/22/2013 3:10:36 PM PST by pluvmantelo (...the struggle was finished. He had won the victory over himself. He loved Obama.)
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To: lowbridge

Isn’t Marks & Spencer worse then A&E?


36 posted on 12/22/2013 3:30:06 PM PST by SIRTRIS
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To: pluvmantelo

:-) n/p..sometimes I shoot comments w/o any context.


37 posted on 12/22/2013 5:17:28 PM PST by skinkinthegrass (The end move in politics is always to pick up a gun..0'Caligula / 0'Reid / 0'Pelosi :-)
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To: SeminoleCounty
"and leave"
true, Our (American :) history is of cooperation & assimilation.
ie.."If they want a society to their liking, then they/must go back
to the hell-hole they/forefathers came from
..no soft invasion.
one invasion @ a time (Mexico).

38 posted on 12/22/2013 5:30:33 PM PST by skinkinthegrass (The end move in politics is always to pick up a gun..0'Caligula / 0'Reid / 0'Pelosi :-)
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To: rawhide

Target has that rule? I guess they don’t want me as a customer.


39 posted on 12/22/2013 8:06:18 PM PST by ExCTCitizen (Ben Carson/Rand Paul or Sara/Nikki in 2016)
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To: ExCTCitizen

Some Target Stores Change Duties for Muslim Cashiers Who Object to Ringing Up Pork

Published March 17, 2007

http://www.foxnews.com/story/2007/03/17/some-target-stores-change-duties-for-muslim-cashiers-who-object-to-ringing-up/


40 posted on 12/22/2013 9:20:46 PM PST by rawhide
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To: lowbridge

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2528388/Not-just-u-turn-M-amp-S-u-turn-Now-chain-apologises-Muslim-check-girl-refused-sell-alcohol-customer.html


41 posted on 12/23/2013 10:13:44 AM PST by the scotsman (i)
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To: lowbridge

Seems to be some confooshun on just what M&S’ policy is:

UK retailer M&S faces boycott after Muslim worker refused to sell alcohol

http://worldnews.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/12/23/22021111-uk-retailer-ms-faces-boycott-after-muslim-worker-refused-to-sell-alcohol?lite

“A spokeswoman said the company’s policy for many years had been to try to accommodate staff of all religions by finding them roles where conflicts would not arise.

“On this occasion this person’s preferences were not taken into account and she ended up on the tills, which was a mistake,” the spokeswoman said. “We would like to apologize for any resulting confusion and reassure our customers that this was an isolated incident.”


42 posted on 12/23/2013 2:57:55 PM PST by Ready4Freddy
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To: lowbridge
"Instead, shoppers are being asked to wait to pay for certain items at a different till."

or I could leave and go somewhere else.

43 posted on 12/23/2013 2:59:36 PM PST by Mad Dawgg (If you're going to deny my 1st Amendment rights then I must proceed to the 2nd one...)
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To: Bryanw92
"The $64,000 question is: can muslims refuse to serve gay customers??"

I can see liberal heads exploding when they ponder such...

44 posted on 12/23/2013 3:00:39 PM PST by Mad Dawgg (If you're going to deny my 1st Amendment rights then I must proceed to the 2nd one...)
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To: lowbridge

After one reads this story you have to ask yourself if Muslims can refuse to handle or serve customers regarding port and alcohol then WHY is it NOT legitimate and LEGAL for a baker in Colorado to refuse to make a wedding cake for gays?


45 posted on 12/23/2013 3:58:38 PM PST by VideoDoctor
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