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UK Retailer M&S Faces Boycott After Muslim Worker Refused to Sell Alcohol

Business  (tags: retail, Muslins, alcohol, UK, England, shopping )

- 2034 days ago -
British retailer Marks and Spencer apologized on Monday to customers angered after a Muslim checkout worker refused to sell champagne for religious reasons.


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Sue H (7)
Monday December 23, 2013, 9:19 am
Why all the hate just because they put a worker in the wrong place?? One customer was inconvenienced by a short wait while the worker went to get another to handle it so folks need to boycott?? Absurd.

Past Member (0)
Monday December 23, 2013, 9:36 am

Pretty stupid! Because of the impatience of a customer, they are creating a huge problem for this store, and ruining its business. All over champagne. If the champagne occasion was that important, then why would you wait until the last minute to buy it?

How much additional time did the customer waste, so that she/he could stick around to complain?

At this time of year there is always going to be a wait time. Why be so petty?

Ponder/Meditate/Pray for Peace.

Mary Oliveau ( hugs }

jay way (11)
Tuesday December 24, 2013, 2:29 am
Few people realise that the influx of Muslims into UK will really change EVERYTHING .. FOR HEAVENS SAKE WAKE UP WHILST YOU STILL HAVE A BRITAIN . .

Neil B (15)
Tuesday December 24, 2013, 2:45 am
A petty issue indeed, especially because in Britain at least we are often served on tills by people under 18 and who have to call over a supervisor to authorise selling of alcohol, tobacco etc. so this issue isn't really any different except it's a rule relating to religion rather than age.

Gloria p (304)
Tuesday December 24, 2013, 3:31 am
The worker should be fired.

Jonathan Harper (0)
Tuesday December 24, 2013, 4:17 am

Shirley S (187)
Tuesday December 24, 2013, 4:37 am
The worker either wants a job or he doesn't. A SILLY religious reasoning.

Syd H (48)
Tuesday December 24, 2013, 5:04 am

You know, I wouldn't want to sell dead animal products so I can see someone wanting to take a stand. It would be the store that should have been sensitive and known that could have been an issue in the placement of the employee.

However there are plenty of self-checkouts in the UK (though I refuse to use them because there is enough job loss).

The outrage is just so haters can spread anti-Muslim propaganda here for the gang on C2. :(

Definitely not holiday behavior. :(

Oh, if only we all took stands for what we really believe in.

Past Member (0)
Tuesday December 24, 2013, 6:07 am
If you want the job you adhere to the company's policies. In all fairness, as the article states, all businesses would have to make exceptions for every conceivable religious/ethical belief or desire. But they're in business to provide for the customer's desires ~ not the staff's.
Ironic, isn't it, that if a pharmacist refuses to sell birth control everybody gets knickered up, but in this case it's *anti-Muslim propaganda*??

Syd H (48)
Tuesday December 24, 2013, 10:05 am

Yes, it is indeed ironic that those claiming the pharmacist has every right to refuse are the same who claim the clerk has to adhere only to what the customer wants...


Past Member (0)
Tuesday December 24, 2013, 2:16 pm
Jay Way said it all! And America better wake up too!

Joanne D (37)
Tuesday December 24, 2013, 2:21 pm
Some people do not belong in retail. Others - with substantial overlap - do not belong in ANY kind of sales position.

Isn't it a pity that is about the only kind of jobs left after the corporations have shipped so many to China and India?

Syd H (0)
Tuesday December 24, 2013, 2:59 pm
Here in Britain, the indigenous people are expected to bow down low and give up their civil liberties, their culture, political, social and religious rights, and laws in favour of the largely unwanted immigrant population who almost invariably refuse to integrate in any way into our society.
It is time that M&S, along with all other businesses should tell every applicant for a job, that what ever their personal beliefs or religion, etc., they WILL be expected to treat all customers with respect and serve those customers with any products supplied by the business, with no argument.
If they don't accept that condition then they don't get the job and if they accept it, and later refuse to serve a certain product they should be instantly dismissed with no right to sue the company or to expect any form of compensation.


Roger G (148)
Tuesday December 24, 2013, 3:01 pm
noted, thanks

Aurea Aurea Walker (226)
Tuesday December 24, 2013, 3:13 pm
Religious beliefs are PERSONAL! If the employee cannot or will not sell liquor due to their beliefs, fine I can respect that. But DO NOT WORK FOR A PLACE YOU KNOW WILL SELL LIQUOR! I am pro-choice, so I would have to be crazy going to go work for a pro life group! Am so sick and tired of people's religion being used to control or dictate what I can or cannot do! Jay Way we are not an anti Muslim gang, and your lumping us together like that is really reprehensible on your part. Not acceptable. As an agnostic I live by a very wise statement president Benito Juarez of Mexico said in 1840 "to respect another persons RIGHTS makes for PEACE" so to all who celebrate Christmas - Merry Christmas. My only hope is may the year to come be filled with peace, prosperity, joy and ACCEPTANCE for all.

Ken L (28)
Tuesday December 24, 2013, 3:21 pm
If the worker does,nt do the job fire him /her.
I,m a Catholic , I worked on Xmas eve , Xmas day when I had to ,And On Good Fridays too.
I was on shift work and respected the Laws and Traditions of my Country .
Somebody has to do it.
Who do these Muslims think they are .

Aurea Aurea Walker (226)
Tuesday December 24, 2013, 3:40 pm
Continued, hey Syd, how about all the countries the UK invaded, raped, pillaged and plundered? And where the UK imposed their laws, religous beliefs et al......? Your little island is now getting its payback! No sympathy from this quarter.

janet f (29)
Tuesday December 24, 2013, 4:40 pm
If you can't bring yourself to do the job you've been hired to do, for whatever reason, then it's time for a new job.

Lona G (66)
Tuesday December 24, 2013, 8:24 pm
It looks like a storm in a teacup to me. There was a glitch in the allotment of checkouts, one customer was inconvenienced for a minute or two and now the UK is talking full boycott of M&S. It wouldn't surprise me one bit if other large stores had a great deal to do with all the attention it got on the social media. Does anyone still believe these are completely impartial and agitators cannot be bought by the competition to stir things up?

Debra Tate (17)
Tuesday December 24, 2013, 8:50 pm
If you can't do the job, you are fired! Plain and simple!

Past Member (0)
Wednesday December 25, 2013, 2:44 am
The worker shouldn't work for companies that are associated with the things her religion is opposed to.

Ruth R (246)
Wednesday December 25, 2013, 5:15 am
Seems ok. This is one "isolated" time.

Marija M (25)
Wednesday December 25, 2013, 6:25 am
interesting comments, tks

Lloyd H (46)
Wednesday December 25, 2013, 8:00 am
Can you say, "Islamophobic crap!". I have to agree with Barbara and others. I am not sure about the UK, but Americans do not go into such fits about Pharmacists refusing to fill legal prescriptions or Catholic Hospitals letting women die because they have religious objections to abortions or their aftermath. And now the Christian Taliban of America owned businesses are going before the US Supreme Court because they want the right to deny insurance coverage for anything that they find religiously objectionable.

Madhu Pillai (22)
Wednesday December 25, 2013, 2:16 pm
Keep religion out of workplace and politics, Keep it within the four walls of home, or live in a country which has the same mainstream religion, in this case Saudi Arabia.

Past Member (0)
Wednesday December 25, 2013, 4:51 pm
Syd, the pharmacist SHOULD sell birth control or get another job....and Muslims SHOULD sell liquor or get another job.
I think you misunderstood my comment.

Barbara K (62)
Wednesday December 25, 2013, 4:53 pm
Workers need to check their religion at the door. If something is against their religion, find a different job, otherwise do the whole job or quit. Thanks for the forward, Ken. And thanks for the post.
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