A Muslim clerk can't sell alcohol or pork because it's against her religion -- and that's just what she tells customers who come to her register with such items. On Dec. 24, NewsOXY reported that the female clerk works at Marks & Spencer and the company has a policy that supports their Muslim staff members. If their clerks don't want to handle pork products or alcohol, they don't have to.
"I had one bottle of champagne, and the lady, who was wearing a headscarf, was very apologetic but said she could not serve me. She told me to wait until another member of staff was available. I was taken aback. I was a bit surprised. I've never come across that before," said one M&S customer.
The Muslim clerk won't handle alcohol or pork products because of her religious beliefs and while some customers might get frustrated, the general consensus seems to support M&S' decision. As long as customers don't have to wait for long periods of time in another line there really shouldn't be a problem. However, if you wait in line with a bottle of wine for 15 minutes and then you're told to wait in a different line? Well that's going to upset a lot of people.
"We recognize that some of our employees practice religions that restrict the food or drink they can handle, or that mean they cannot work at certain times. M&S promotes an environment free from discrimination and so, where specific requests are made, we will always make reasonable adjustments to accommodate them, whilst ensuring high levels of customer service," said a spokesman for the store (via NewsOXY).
The Muslim clerk alcohol and pork rule is also stirring up controversy. Some think that people who have certain beliefs that affect their work shouldn't hold jobs in such fields. Where do you stand on the issue?
© Effie Orfanides 2013