A Muslim woman wearing a niqab or facial veil was asked to leave a Family Dollar store in Gary, Indiana, because the manager feared she could rob the store.
The Muslim, identified as Sarah Safi by KGO-TV, entered the store in August.
The manager asked Safi to leave the store or remove the veil. She then told her to “Have a blessed day,” after Safi got upset because she was being asked to leave the store.
“This is a country where it’s freedom of religion and it’s freedom of speech. I have a right to wear whatever I want to wear. There’s women that come in here with bikini tops on,” Safi said.
But her reasoning didn’t make much sense to the store manager, who identified herself as Jamie. Jamie told Safi nicely that Safi needed to understand that the store was in a high-crime area where robberies often occurred. The manager then explained that she would call the police if Safi didn’t remove the veil or leave the premises, before telling her again to have a blessed day.
Safi left the store, but she wasn’t happy about it. She told KGO that the incident saddened her.
Take a look at the video below:
This manager explained why she wanted the veil removed, and it seemed to be a reasonable request. The appeal to “freedom of religion” was largely meaningless, as the store was private property and has a right to refuse service in the name of the safety of its employees and customers, particluarly in high crime areas.
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