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Bakery Customer Wearing Hijab ‘Was Refused Service As Face Covering Isn’t Deemed Face Mask’

A bakery customer claims that she was refused service as she was wearing a hijab, the member of staff said that she would not serve her as she did not accept her face covering as a form of a mask to stop the spread of COVID-19. 

A bakery in Minneapolis has been forced to apologise after footage has emerged of a member of staff refusing to serve a woman wearing a hijab.

This week, Zahur Abdiaziz posted a video onto Facebook in which she had been subjected to a “corona type” racism.

Credit: Zahur Abdiaziz

In the video, Zahur encounters a female worker behind the counter at a Minneapolis bakery and the woman tells her she will not serve her as her hijab is not deemed the right type of face-covering to stop the spread of the coronavirus.

The health department of Minnesota has recommended that people wear face masks when inside stores, as this will help prevent the spread of the virus.

In the footage, Zahur is heard saying to the member of staff: “So me wearing this is not a mask? Are you saying this is not a mask?”

Bluntly, the woman responded: “No face mask no service.”

Credit: Zahur Abdiaziz

Baffled by her response, Zahur pointed out that her hijab covered her face. The worker then said: “It’s not a face mask. We don’t accept that.”

The worker then walks away, throwing her hands in the air. Zahur then says: “So you’re not going to serve me bread?”

Horrified by the service she received, Zahur took to Facebook to shame the member of staff. She wrote: “Someone please tell me how is her face mask different than mine? This lady refused to sell me bakery because I am not wearing the same mask as her!’

“This type of racism is called the corona type. I had to remain calm.”

Credit: Zahur Abdiaziz

Since the footage has been shared, it has received over 2,700 shares. Following the backlash, the bakery made a statement on Wednesday in which they apologise for the “racist incident”.

The statement read: “We are deeply saddened that one of our employees would address someone in that manner and refuse service.

“At this store, we do not tolerate any form of discrimination to our Muslim brothers and sisters.”

The bakery has commented that they will be addressing the issue further but it hasn’t been made clear whether or not the worker will be disciplined.

Similarly, a mum and daughter were left ’embarrassed’ after they were ‘told to leave a supermarket for wearing crop tops’. The staff said that the clothing choice was ‘inappropriate in a family store’ and the pair have now dubbed the supermarket as sexist. Despite complaining, the store has stuck by their decision and said people should consider others when shopping.

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