Oh, For Sh*ts and Giggles, Let’s Phrase It Another Way, Shall We?

How about, No Jews, Baconophiles, Lushes or Christians ALLOWED in this line.

Sounds damn awful, doesn’t it?

Well, it’s precisely what Wegmans is saying.

Rochester, New York: Wegmans supermarket directs customers not to use Muslim’s checkout line if they have pork or alcohol

It’s a first for Wegmans in this area. They’ve put up a sign asking customers buying pork or alcohol not to use a particular checkout line when a Muslim teenager is on duty as the cashier.

The sign went up a week ago at their Lyell Avenue store.

Wegmans says they haven’t gotten any in store complaints and Wegmans was very upfront about the cashier. They just wouldn’t allow us in the store to talk with her or customers.

Spokeswoman Jo Natale says the cashier is a teenaged girl who wears a head covering. She told her supervisor she was uncomfortable handling those items because of religious reasons. So the store manager who had experience with this type of situation outside of Rochester decided to put up a small sign whenever the girl was at the checkout counter.

It says, “If your order contains pork or alcohol product, we respectfully ask that you choose another lane.

Gosh. Most people who get a job and THEN have problems “handling” aspects of what they KNEW were the requirements of the job have to GET ANOTHER JOB ~ either somewhere in the store, or seek employment that suits them and their limitations elsewhere.

The CUSTOMER should be inconvenienced by her religious discrimination of their food choices WHY?

I would think Wegmans needs to be more “respectful” of their customers’ patronage, and be concerned rather more about convenience, price and as easy a shopping experience as possible in order to remain competitive. If there’s six bacon lovers piled up and only two registers open, I’ll tell you were I’m plopping my pork pile.

No, I’m not. I’m lying. Because I’m not shopping there.

H/T Phineas Fahrquar @irishspy

8 Responses to “Oh, For Sh*ts and Giggles, Let’s Phrase It Another Way, Shall We?”

  1. JeffS says:

    No Wegmans around here. Lucky for them.

  2. Greg Newson says:

    Yeah,but they’d probably fire an employee for wearing a crucifix and wishing a Muslim customer a Merry Christmas. That would be a hate crime against the Muslim customer.

  3. currently says:

    No bacon or alcohol permitted in her line?

    She probably doesn’t have much scanning to do. If she also joins up with PETA she could just check out people buying cabbage and tofu.

  4. Mockingbird says:

    The manager should just assign her to the produce area.

  5. nraendowment says:

    Personally, I think people should just arrive in her line with a packed shopping cart with a sixer of beer and a package of bacon top of the other groceries. She whines, they ask for the manager and then leave, telling the manager they’ll take their business elsewhere. The store loses a big chunk of change plus Wegman’s has to pay someone to put all the groceries back. I think the sign would vanish after that started happening regularly.

  6. Skyler says:

    I’d be torn between wanting to slap bacon and beer on her conveyor belt, forcing her to call the manager to temporarily replace her, or boycott the store.

  7. ricki says:

    This is obviously not an across the board proscription. One of my parents’ favorite restaurants is a coffee shop run by a Muslim family from Jordan and they have bacon, ham, and pork on the menu, and they also have a liquor license. Then again…they’re the ones making the money off the pork and booze, so they’re probably happy to let their customers have what they want.

  8. Michael Lonie says:

    Isn’t that amazing?

    Nobody is asking the Wegmans’ clerk to eat or drink the stuff. She probably wouldn’t even have to touch it (Eeew, cooties) since either the booze is in bottles or cans or the pork is wrapped up or sealed in plastic. Why didn’t the manager point this fact out to her? What’s her problem? She’s just “trying it on”.

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