Driving through the country, a Muslim family from New York stopped in Alabama to have lunch. They were shocked and appalled when they found bacon in all of the 14 McChicken sandwiches they ordered from a McDonald’s in Decatur.
After the family complained about the perceived injustice to the Alabama chapter of the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR), the group demanded an investigation into the incident. Leader Khaula Hadeed called the incident “an intentional act of religious and ethnic bigotry.”
With no evidence to back up her claims, Hadeed is certain that the family was sabotaged by Islamophobic restaurant workers. “They ordered 14 sandwiches. They started noticing it tasted different to them. They eat McChicken all the time at McDonald’s. They knew what they ordered — they know what’s in the sandwich,” she told reporters, noting that the family didn’t know at first that they were about to consume forbidden meat. “The bacon was either on top of the chicken or hidden underneath within the sandwich so (the consumer) couldn’t tell if it was there or not.”
Hadeed stated, “It doesn’t sound like a mistake, especially on 14 sandwiches.”
The Decatur McDonald’s has denied CAIR’s allegations.
“We want to assure our customers that this was not an intentional act by our employees,” a representative for the restaurant on Point Mallard Parkway SE told Fox News in a statement. “We value every customer and strive to ensure all orders are accurately prepared and served.”
Without saying whether the bacon winding up in the McChicken sandwiches was an oversight or if the family is making a false claim, the restaurant’s representative said the company would look into the allegation “to understand what happened.”
The Alabama chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations on Tuesday called for an investigation and firing of any staff responsible for the incident.
This incident comes after a Little Caesars Pizza in Michigan was sued in late May for $100 million for falsely advertising that their pepperoni is “halal” or approved for Muslims to eat after a Muslim man claimed that he received pizzas with pork pepperoni when he had ordered halal pepperoni.
According to a class action lawsuit filed in Michigan’s Wayne County Circuit Court back in May, plaintiff Mohamad Bazzi, 32, claimed that he received pizzas with pork pepperoni when he had ordered halal pepperoni.
“They have no regard for people’s religious beliefs,” said attorney Majed Moughni. “This is a violation of the Muslim faith. You can’t be handing out pork, mislabeling it as halal and get away with it. This isn’t how America operates. A billion dollar corporation can’t get away with it.”
Little Caesars Pizza, Little Caesar Enterprises Inc., a manager named Denise and two unnamed employees were named in the suit.
Spokeswoman Jill Proctor stated, “Little Caesars cherishes our customers from all religions and cultures, and the communities we serve are very important to us. While we can’t comment on pending litigation, we take this claim very seriously.”
The Little Caesars at 7315 Schaefer has a sign in the window advertising that they offer halal pepperoni, so Bazzi and his wife ordered it, noting in the lawsuit that the box was labeled as containing “halal” pepperoni. Bazzi claimed that he and his wife felt sick when they realized that they were eating pork.
Moughni said, “His wife is a Catholic convert (to Islam) who had eaten pork all her life. She knows the taste of pork. He was very angry, upset.” Three days after eating the offensive pizza, Bazzi filed a complaint with the Dearborn Police Department.
The video regarding the McDonald’s incident can be viewed below:
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