Target Stores Change Duties for Muslim Cashiers Who Object to Ringing Up Pork

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May 23, 2013
 
MINNEAPOLIS — Muslim cashiers at some local Target stores who object to ringing up products that contain pork are being shifted to other positions, the national retailer said Saturday.

Some Muslim cashiers had declined to scan products such as bacon because doing so would conflict with their religious beliefs. They would ask other cashiers to ring up such purchases, or some customers scanned the items themselves.

Minneapolis-based Target Corp. has offered the cashiers the option of wearing gloves, shifting to other positions or transferring to other stores.

“We are confident that this is a reasonable solution for our guests and team members,” Target spokeswoman Paula Thornton-Greear said in a statement e-mailed to The Associated Press on Saturday.

Islam teaches that eating pork is forbidden, and some Muslims feel selling or handling pork is also forbidden because it would make them complicit in the sins of others.

Greear said the situation was a local problem only.

“It is not an issue in most of our stores in the Twin Cities,” she said in separate comments via e-mail.“There is also no indication that this is an issue in the Minnesota market overall or nationwide.”

As the local Muslim population grows, fueled by immigration from East African countries such as Somalia, efforts by Muslims to live by the rules of their faith often conflict with American realities.

In one dispute, some Muslim cab drivers who serve Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport refuse to take passengers who are carrying alcohol. The Metropolitan Airports Commission is expected to vote in April on a proposal that would hand out 30-day license suspensions to cabbies who refuse service for any reason.

Suhara Robla, who works at a SuperTarget, told the Star Tribune newspaper that more than a dozen Muslim cashiers were asked Thursday to do other jobs.

“They told all of us who don’t touch pork to go to the sales floor,” she told the newspaper.“They really didn’t say why. They just said it was a new policy

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Their positions need to be changed alright, to unemployed.
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Wear the gloves and problem solved. If that doesn't fix the problem then do another job at target. Don't like that? Then quit. Oh but don't expect all of our social programs to support you.
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Their positions need to be changed alright, to unemployed.
I prefer they are in a horizontal position in the hog pen. Nothing says FU Allah like big sow crunch up a.muzzy bones and all.
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If they can't perform the functions required for the job they were hired they should be let go due to misrepresentation.

To help them along, I would like to fill my cart up with pork products and go through their checkout lane.

Enough of this. They come to America for a reason and part of that is to acclimate to a western society. If they can't do it, go back to where you came from. We are a country of victims.
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Freakin ridicules,worked with one of these muslims and they give special privileges to them,like one of the other ppl commented, FIRE THEM!!!!

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Worked at a call center decades ago. One of my co-workers was a devout Christian, when she found out she would be processing hundreds of orders for Leisure Time Products (Larry Flynt), she asked to have that work done by someone else. Her wish was granted.

At Christmas time, all the Christians asked for the day off. Fortunately there were two Jews who didn't mind working Christmas.

At my current employment, one employee converted to the Sikh religion. His "dress whites" required wearing a ceremonial dagger. His wish was granted despite rules against the rest of us carrying knives.

Point is, religious exemptions are granted on a routine basis in the workplace.

This is an old story anyway. I recall seeing in on Topix a year or two ago. Someone just fanning the flames of hate.

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Worked at a call center decades ago. One of my co-workers was a devout Christian, when she found out she would be processing hundreds of orders for Leisure Time Products (Larry Flynt), she asked to have that work done by someone else. Her wish was granted.
At Christmas time, all the Christians asked for the day off. Fortunately there were two Jews who didn't mind working Christmas.
At my current employment, one employee converted to the Sikh religion. His "dress whites" required wearing a ceremonial dagger. His wish was granted despite rules against the rest of us carrying knives.
Point is, religious exemptions are granted on a routine basis in the workplace.
This is an old story anyway. I recall seeing in on Topix a year or two ago. Someone just fanning the flames of hate.
We're talking about frigging groceries here, Sterling...not things as weighty as a Holy Day for Christians or as controversial as sex toys. It's bacon, in a vacuum sealed package, for crying out loud. How about Christian cashiers refuse to handle halal meats? Let's see how that would play out.
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<quoted text>We're talking about frigging groceries here, Sterling...not things as weighty as a Holy Day for Christians or as controversial as sex toys. It's bacon, in a vacuum sealed package, for crying out loud. How about Christian cashiers refuse to handle halal meats? Let's see how that would play out.
Just slip some pork fat in and all will be.good

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<quoted text>We're talking about frigging groceries here, Sterling...not things as weighty as a Holy Day for Christians or as controversial as sex toys. It's bacon, in a vacuum sealed package, for crying out loud. How about Christian cashiers refuse to handle halal meats? Let's see how that would play out.
Bottom line, if Target was desperate for workers, they'll accomodate them. If not, they'll probably figure out a way to fire them legally.

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You DEMAND religious freedom, but won't give it to others? Oh yeah, I forgot how you think Islam is a "cult". Funny, I've heard Baptists refer to Catholicism as a cult too.

You could have had a Jewish cashier that made the same demands, or even refuse to handle non-Kosher foods. Guess that would be fine with you, since they are your religious cousins.

Figures you'd find sex toys controversial. And she wasn't handling anything, just processing and approving credit purchases over the phone. It wasn't until she asked what that company sold that all of a sudden she had a problem.

I notice you made no objection to our Sikh friend. A lot of us found it highly objectionable he was allowed to carry his dagger while we had no right to knives on our persons.

Finally, you and yours don't even know when your leader was born or died, so the hierarchy picks arbitrary days for both, one of which changes every year, then calls them Holy Days. ROFLMAO! And you think the Muslims are crazy!

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<quoted text>We're talking about frigging groceries here, Sterling...not things as weighty as a Holy Day for Christians or as controversial as sex toys. It's bacon, in a vacuum sealed package, for crying out loud. How about Christian cashiers refuse to handle halal meats? Let's see how that would play out.
Christians don't have any prohibitions against touching halal or kosher meats. Apples and canaries.

I would imagine that orthodox Jews are granted similar consideration.

BTW--ever seen an underage cashier when a customer purchases alcohol? They step back from the product and call someone else to scan it and put it in the bag. Can't touch it. By law. Nobody even blinks.

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Christians don't have any prohibitions against touching halal or kosher meats. Apples and canaries.
I would imagine that orthodox Jews are granted similar consideration.
BTW--ever seen an underage cashier when a customer purchases alcohol? They step back from the product and call someone else to scan it and put it in the bag. Can't touch it. By law. Nobody even blinks.
True. All restaurants have this policy too. If a worker is under 21, they can't ring up or bring alcoholic drinks to your table.
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These small steps of appeasement end with Muslims chopping someone's head off in the streets as in the UK; Nuradin Abdi plotting to shoot up a local mall, the Tasarnev brothers planting bombs at the Boston Marathon and the rape of women in Oslo Norway that do not wear head coverings.

The irony is that liberals (LGBTQ) will be first up on the Muslim hit list once Sharia Law becomes the law of the land under a Muslim majority due to the extremely high Muslim birth rate, an average of 5 children per women vs. an extremely low rate for White women.

With liars in the White House and Attorney General the American People are more vulnerable than ever to another round of jihad (holy war).

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These small steps of appeasement end with Muslims chopping someone's head off in the streets as in the UK; Nuradin Abdi plotting to shoot up a local mall, the Tasarnev brothers planting bombs at the Boston Marathon and the rape of women in Oslo Norway that do not wear head coverings.
The irony is that liberals (LGBTQ) will be first up on the Muslim hit list once Sharia Law becomes the law of the land under a Muslim majority due to the extremely high Muslim birth rate, an average of 5 children per women vs. an extremely low rate for White women.
With liars in the White House and Attorney General the American People are more vulnerable than ever to another round of jihad (holy war).
Cranberry--you wanna be just a little more clear regarding how workplace religious accommodations lead to beheadings and bombings?

Maybe you wanna wait until you come down off of whatever it is that you took.

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Cranberry--you wanna be just a little more clear regarding how workplace religious accommodations lead to beheadings and bombings?
Maybe you wanna wait until you come down off of whatever it is that you took.
Probably halal bath salts...

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Bottom line, if Target was desperate for workers, they'll accomodate them. If not, they'll probably figure out a way to fire them legally.
But...
You DEMAND religious freedom, but won't give it to others? Oh yeah, I forgot how you think Islam is a "cult". Funny, I've heard Baptists refer to Catholicism as a cult too.
You could have had a Jewish cashier that made the same demands, or even refuse to handle non-Kosher foods. Guess that would be fine with you, since they are your religious cousins.
Figures you'd find sex toys controversial. And she wasn't handling anything, just processing and approving credit purchases over the phone. It wasn't until she asked what that company sold that all of a sudden she had a problem.
I notice you made no objection to our Sikh friend. A lot of us found it highly objectionable he was allowed to carry his dagger while we had no right to knives on our persons.
Finally, you and yours don't even know when your leader was born or died, so the hierarchy picks arbitrary days for both, one of which changes every year, then calls them Holy Days. ROFLMAO! And you think the Muslims are crazy!
Odd, how we never hear of this being an issue with Jews. Could it be because they act like civilized people who respect the fact that they are not entitled to a job?
Islam is not a religion and the entitlement we see in cases like this is political.

Take a look at what happens next:

Britain goes halal... but no-one tells the public: How famous institutions serve ritually slaughtered meat with no warning
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-13133...

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<quoted text>We're talking about frigging groceries here, Sterling...not things as weighty as a Holy Day for Christians or as controversial as sex toys. It's bacon, in a vacuum sealed package, for crying out loud. How about Christian cashiers refuse to handle halal meats? Let's see how that would play out.
It's more an attempt to get the store to stop carrying pork.

It's worth noting that Islam allows you to violate the rules to deceive the infidel.

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Cranberry--you wanna be just a little more clear regarding how workplace religious accommodations lead to beheadings and bombings?
Maybe you wanna wait until you come down off of whatever it is that you took.
If the system was hostile to Islam, there would be no Muslims here and therefore no Islamic terrorism.

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<quoted text>Odd, how we never hear of this being an issue with Jews. Could it be because they act like civilized people who respect the fact that they are not entitled to a job?
Islam is not a religion and the entitlement we see in cases like this is political.
Take a look at what happens next:
Britain goes halal... but no-one tells the public: How famous institutions serve ritually slaughtered meat with no warning
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-13133...
Probably because the accommodations are minimal and simply handled. Nobody gives it a second thought when all kinds of religious considerations are granted to Jews, Christians or other groups most of the time.
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Cranberry--you wanna be just a little more clear regarding how workplace religious accommodations lead to beheadings and bombings?
Maybe you wanna wait until you come down off of whatever it is that you took.
Muslims regard appeasement as weakness. Being weak will only make a Muslim more aggressive and violent.

The Bible instructs Christians to love their enemies.

The Koran instructs Muslims to kill theirs (infidels).

Can you really not see the difference?

Did you not see the Muslim with the bloody meat cleaver last week in London praising Allah and promising more holy war?

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