Tesco apologises after Muslim refused to sell customer ham and wine
*Mother-of-three tried to buy items during shopping trip in north London
*Employee said he couldn’t sell them as he was fasting for religious festival
*The customer was instead forced to use the self-service checkouts
*She told worker he should be serving people not turning them away
*Firm apologises to customer but refuses to condemn worker’s actions
Mother-of-three Julie Cottle went into her local store to stock up, but was left stunned when a checkout employee insisted he couldn’t serve her.
Muslims worldwide are currently fasting for Ramadan – the holy ninth month of the Islamic calendar where devotees abstain from eating and drinking during daylight hours.
Tesco has apologised after Muslim worker at a Tesco Express store like that pictured refused to sell a customer ham and wine during the religious festival of Ramadan.
The incident happened at one of the firm’s many London stores, in the north-eastern suburb of Neasden
Ms Cottle was forced to use the self-service checkout in the Tesco Express in Neasden, north-west London, after the worker reportedly ‘walked off’.
She told the Brent and Kilburn Times: ‘He pointed at the ham and wine in my basket and said “I can’t serve you that because I’m fasting”.
‘When I told him he should be serving customers not turning them away he still refused telling me to go to the self-service. I was furious.’
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