All religions have rules for their followers to abide by. And while they make total sense to the people in the religion, those looking at it from the outside might not understand. One particular religious rule for Muslims that other people don’t usually understand is their refusal to eat pork. But according to the first amendment, people are free to practice any religion they choose. But now a Muslim family from the New York area who were visiting the Decatur, Alabama area decided to stop for a bite to eat at a McDonald’s.
When they got there, they placed an order for 14 sandwiches. They handed over their money. But when they bit into their sandwiches, they found the McDonald’s employees at that location had hidden bacon in the sandwiches – consuming pork product is a sin in Islam. Now McDonald’s is under fire for their treatment of their Muslim customers.
The family took photos of their tainted sandwiches and shared them online. Before long, the Council on American-Islamic Relations jumped on board and accused McDonald’s of intentionally serving the Muslim family bacon as a cruel prank.
“They started noticing it tasted different to them,” said Khaula Hadeed, head of the Alabama chapter of the CAIR. “They eat McChicken all the time at McDonald’s [in New York]. They knew what they ordered — they know what’s in the sandwich.”
Hadeed sees this as a purposeful attack on the Muslim family.
“It doesn’t sound like a mistake, especially on 14 sandwiches,” Hadeed said. He went on to call the cruel prank “an intentional act of religious and ethnic bigotry.”
Because this Alabama McDonald’s location violated the family’s religion, Hadeed is calling for a full-fledge investigation into the employees there. The problem was so sever that one of the adults who accidentally consumed the bacon vomited twice.
“They’re essentially disturbed about it,” she said. “McDonald’s should investigate this incident, identify and terminate the employees responsible, and take proactive steps to satisfy this American family’s concerns, starting with an apology.”
The bacon was hidden in the sandwich so the Muslim family would have no way of seeing it but to accidentally eat it.
“One of the kids opened one of the sandwiches and it had bacon it ― like a very small, chunk of bacon in there. They were really surprised and kind of horrified,” Hadeed told HuffPost. “They opened all of them and, lo and behold, all of them had a small of chunk of crudely torn bacon piece in them ― either underneath the patty or on top of it in a way where you wouldn’t see it.”
Alabama readers are outraged a McDonald’s location in their state would do this to a family.
“I’ve certainly seen ‘good Christians’ doing some nasty things to those who are different,” said one AL.com reader. “I don’t know what happened here, but I can believe that someone putting together the sandwiches in a way that they knew would be offensive … I tend to believe the Muslim family, and think that some nasty fool stuck bacon into their sandwiches as a way to humiliate and inflict suffering on someone who is ‘other.’ That’s UnAmerican, in my books.”