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Tesco booze news
Supermarket giant Tesco has won the right to expect a Muslim employee to do the job he is paid for. Big deal. From The Derbyshire Telegraph, which has nothing to do with erstwhile New English Review writer John Derbyshire:
A DERBY Muslim who sued Tesco for religious discrimination after he was asked to handle crates of alcohol has lost his case.
Mohammed Ahmed, who worked in a warehouse, said the job was against his Islamic beliefs.
The 32-year-old, of Upper Dale Road, Normanton, also accused Tesco of victimisation and harassment during a three-day employment tribunal in Birmingham.
His job at the supermarket giant's Lichfield depot involved the transportation of various goods, including alcoholic drinks, on fork-lift trucks.
The Saudi Arabian national told the tribunal he was not informed that he would be handling alcohol when he started the job last year.
He said he was considering appealing against the decision after being told his legal action had failed.
He said: "It's not fair but what can I do? They [Tesco] were not taking into account my religious beliefs. I will consult with solicitors."
His comment has that mixture of arrogance and fatalism that is characteristic of the growing number of Muslim professional victims. The news is good as far as it goes, but I won’t be cracking open the Tesco champagne just yet, even if it was transported by Ahmed himself. Several matters remain unresolved.
First, who paid for the case? Who will fund his appeal? Ahmed is now unemployed and unemployable, so the chances are that Legal Aid will be added to the cost of supporting him, and perhaps his wife – or wives – and swelling family.
Secondly, if this case was rightly thrown out, why did a tribunal award hijabbed hairdresser Bushra Noah £4,000 for “hurt feelings”. Both litigants knew the requirements of the job, knew that they were unprepared to compromise, and yet took the job anyway. The difference is that Tesco has the financial muscle to fight the case all the way, while a small businesswoman like Sarah Desrosiers does not. Most UK businesses are small or medium- sized, and most will pay a troublesome Muslim off rather than risk losing a court case.
Finally, how much longer will such common sense prevail? As Muslims become more numerous, they will be in a stronger position to demand that businesses change their working practices to accommodate them. And demand it they will - making demands is part of Jihad. Who is to say that Tesco will not be compelled, at some stage, to introduce “dry” supermarkets, or separate stores for alcohol, pork and other “offensive” products at great expense and inconvenience to shoppers? This may sound far fetched, but so, at one time, would have been the idea that British taxpayers should support a growing population determined to destroy us.