It’s a culture clash that could drive a man to drink: A customer at a U.K. KFC was told he couldn’t have a hand wipe because the alcohol in it might offend Muslims.
While the customer himself was offended (in the relevant usage of the word) and said it wouldn’t bother him because he liked alcohol, this didn’t persuade staff at the “Halal-only branch” to relent; after all, tolerance is the order of the day. The Times provides the story’s details, writing:
Graham Noakes, 41, said he was astonished when staff at the fast food chain’s outlet in St George’s retail park [in Leicester] refused to give him a hand-wipe because it was against its Halal policy.
Staff said this was because the wipes are soaked in an alcohol-infused liquid. Alcohol is forbidden in the Muslim Holy book, the Quran.
Graham said: “They told me it might offend other customers”.
The 41-year-old added: “I’ve never experienced anything like this before, [sic] I couldn’t believe what I was hearing.
Why shouldn’t I be allowed a wipe for my hands? They use wipes in hospital, [sic] what happens when we start being told we can’t have wipes there? I just can’t understand it.”
But what happens may already be known. According to FrontPage Mag’s Daniel Greenfield, “Muslim staff in hospitals have already compromised hygiene in the UK.”
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