Tesco has been forced to issue an apology after a Muslim shop worker refused to serve a customer buying ham and wine.
The supermarket received a complaint from the customer after the incident at the Tesco Express store in Neasden, west London, which occurred during the Islamic month of Ramadan.
Mother-of-three Julie Cottle complained to the store’s manager but said he supported the employee and insisted she use a self-service checkout.
Mrs Cottle said: “He pointed at the ham and wine in my basket and said ‘I can’t serve you that because I’m fasting’.
“When I told him he should be serving customers not turning them away he still refused telling me to go to the self-service.
“I was furious.”
Mrs Cottle contacted the supermarket’s customer services team when she got home and was told the worker could face disciplinary action.
She added: “I hope he does. If he can’t serve food he shouldn’t be working in a supermarket.”
Tesco spokesperson said: “We’re here to serve our customers the products they choose to buy. We don’t have a specific policy and take a pragmatic approach if a colleague raises concerns about a job they have been asked to do.
“We apologise to our customer for any inconvenience on this occasion.”
Why wasn't this guy sacked? I was sacked before for something similar...