Muslim Tesco worker refused to sell a customer HAM and WINE during Ramadan

July 16, 2014 | by | 0 Comments

Tesco has issued an apology after a Muslim worker refused to sell a customer ham and wine – because of RAMADAN.

Mum-of-three Julie Cottle had nipped into her local store to buy a few items when she was stunned the checkout employee insisted he couldn’t serve her.

Muslims worldwide are currently fasting for Ramadan – the holy ninth month of the Islamic calendar where devotees abstain from eating and drinking during daylight hours.

The Muslim checkout worker at Tesco refused to serve pieces of ham like these (file picture)

The Muslim checkout worker at Tesco refused to serve pieces of ham like these (file picture)



Julie was forced to use the self-service checkout in the Tesco Express, in Neasden, northwest London, after the worker walked off.

Julie 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.”

In a statement, a spokesman for Tesco said: “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.”

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