London: In a shocking incident, a Muslim 19-year-old female student was asked to remove her headscarf or leave the restaurant at one of McDonald’s London joints.
The incident took place on Thursday evening local time and was recorded by the victim. In the video, the guard can be heard telling her: “It’s just a matter of taking it off.”
To this the woman replies: “It’s not just a matter of taking it off. I wear this for religious reasons and I’m not ashamed of it, and I will stand in line and I will get the food I want, because this isn’t OK.”
The woman who filmed the incident, told The Guardian, “I thought: ‘It’s finally happening to me,’ like it has to so many hijabis. It didn’t feel real because I had seen so many videos like this and it was finally happening to me in real life. I was in so much disbelief.
She added, “The friend I was with was shocked and scared, and said it was a risky situation. When it was over, I finally realised how these situations can become dangerous. This is not a one-off thing.
McDonald’s UK also tweeted about the incident apologising to the customer. They wrote: “We don’t have a policy which restricts/ prevents anyone wearing hijab or any other religious dress from coming to restaurants. We welcome customers of all faiths & apologise to the customer as this situation shouldn’t have happened.”