Yes, let’s all be filthy and disgusting so as not to offend Muslims. Finger lickin’ submission.
A customer at a Leicester branch of KFC has said he was “shocked” when he was refused a hand-wipe as it might offend other restaurant-goers. Graham Noakes, 41, said he was astonished when staff at the fast food chain’s outlet in St George’s retail park refused to give him a hand-wipe because it was against its Halal policy. (more here)
Staff said this was because the wipes are soaked in an alcohol-infused liquid. Alcohol is forbidden in the Muslim Holy book, the Quran.
“Hand-wipes banned from halal KFC,”
A KFC customer has spoken out after being told that a halal-only branch did not stock hand-wipes that contain alcohol out of fear that it would offend Muslims.
Graham Noakes asked for a hand-wipe after eating in a restaurant at St George’s retail park in Leicester, but was told that none was available.
Mr Noakes, 41, said: “They told me it might offend other customers. I explained that it wouldn’t affect me. In fact, I told them I like alcohol, so it wouldn’t bother me in the slightest.
“When they wouldn’t give me one, I was disgusted. I will never be going to KFC again.”
Graham, from Birmingham, was working in Leicester on the construction of new Muslim community centre in the city’s Highfields district.
He had visited at St George’s retail park branch for lunch when he was refused a hand-wipe at the end of his meal.
“Why shouldn’t I be allowed a wipe for my hands?” he added. “They use wipes in hospital, what happens when we start being told we can’t have wipes there? I just can’t understand it.”
Halal is the Arabic word for ‘lawful’ and relates to what is allowed in the context of Islamic law – but is often used in conjunction with the issue of how meat is dealt with.
A KFC spokesman said the company had been running a halal-only trial since 2010, in “areas where there has been demand from our customers”.
He added that as a result “a small number of products from our usual menu are not available” and in addition the Leicester branch had decided not to stock wet wipes that contain alcohol.
It is thought the busy outlet is waiting for its stock of alcohol-based wipes to be replaced with lemon-based wipes.
The spokesman said: “Wherever possible, we have taken steps to ensure that our halal restaurants are close to a non-halal store to cater to all of our customers’ needs.
“In this case, customers wanting a non-halal option can visit our nearby restaurant in Braunstone.”
Suleman Nagdi, spokesman for the Leicester-based Federation of Muslim Organisations, described the policy as “bizarre”.
He said: “I know alcohol is prohibited in the Muslim community, but I don’t understand why you can’t use hand-wipes – there’s nothing wrong with it.
“Using alcohol doesn’t mean you’re consuming it. It seems like an unusual decision to be made. In fact, it sounds bizarre.”
He said such decisions potentially provoked some people to start “lashing out” at the Muslim community.
“I’ve never come across anything like this before. KFC have made a commercial decision to do this, and now the Muslim community will face backlash,” he said.
In a second statement, KFC said: “Our alcohol-based hand wipes are approved for use in all our restaurants, including those who are part of the halal trial.
“There was a misunderstanding at the store in question, but the wipes are now being used again. We’re sorry for the customer’s experience.”
Courtesy of Pamela Geller.