By Eduardo P [CC BY-SA 3.0] via Wikimedia Commons
A Muslim woman has insisted that she was denied service in a McDonald’s restaurant simply because she was wearing a hijab.
The 19-year-old student said that she was obstructed in a McDonald’s that is located on Seven Sister’s road in Holloway, North London.
McDonald’s has since apologised and said that the security guard that was responsible had already been suspended.
In a footage of the incident, the woman, who requested to remain anonymous, questions a guard why she cannot be allowed to fall in line.
The guard said: “It’s just a matter of taking it off.”
The girl replied: “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 okay.”
When another person intervenes to defend the teenager, the guard said: “It’s none of your business.”
The other woman said: “this is f****** ridiculous” and a member of the staff tells her: “don’t be rude” and requests her to stop filming the incident, which she declines to do.
When the staff finally agree to serve the teenager, she said: “I don’t want anything anymore.”
In an emailed statement, McDonald’s said that the company “has no policy which restricts or prevents anyone wearing a hijab, or any other religious attire, from entering our restaurants.”
The company added: “We welcome customers of all faiths and sincerely apologise for this situation.
“We are taking this matter very seriously and are addressing the situation with the individuals involved; the security guard, from a third party company, has been suspended.”