CAIR says that a Muslim woman, wearing a face veil, went through a checkout counter at a Wal-Mart store in Riverdale, Utah, on February 2, 2008.
The cashier at that counter said: "Please don't stick me up," according to The Council on American-Islamic Relations, anyway.
They could be right. Wal-Mart seems to think so. Wal-Mart's regional general manager, Rolando Rodriquez, signed a letter of apology and sent it to CAIR on Monday of this week. The Nevada chapter of CAIR released the letter yesterday.
The clerk will be subjected to "sensitivity training," and CAIR seems to be satisfied.
So am I, although
- What I think about the matter doesn't make a whit of practical difference.
- "Sensitivity training" is something of a hot-button phrase for me
Although I've stood behind enough cash registers to know how unsettling a customer covered face can be, you don't treat a customer like that.
Not more than once, in my day. A stunt like that would have gotten me fired. On the spot, if the manager had been within earshot. If I was very lucky, I might have been re-assigned to the stockroom.
There's no reasonable doubt that some Muslims have decided that Allah is telling them to kill infidels (or "kafir," to be more 'multicultural').
That doesn't mean that everyone who wears clothing that doesn't match the dress code we've been used to is a thug, or a terrorist. Some may be weirdos, but that's an entirely different topic.
People from Somalia have been moving to central Minnesota lately: mostly in St. Cloud, for now. It's only a matter of time until Sauk Centre, the town I live in, has Somali families living here. When that happens, I'm hoping that we'll get another couple shelves of specialty foods in the grocery.
There's a near-certainty that someone will do something insulting here. There are jerks everywhere.
My hope is that people who are on the brink of jerkishness will get a grip, and accept that not everyone is just like them.
Related posts, on tolerance, bigotry, racism, and hatred.
1 "Hypersensitive" might be a more accurate term. CAIR hasn't been in the news lately, though, so they may have reviewed their policy, which seemed to be that any arrest, or perceive insult, of a Muslim - or Muslimah, for that matter - was a hate crime.