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Muslim Woman Discriminated by Florida Domino’s Pizza

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CAIR-Florida.org, BARTOW, Fla. – The Council on American-Islamic Relations Florida (CAIR Florida) has announced they will pursue a lawsuit for public accommodation discrimination and other legal claims against a Davenport Domino’s Pizza for the horrendous treatment of a Muslim customer on July 27, 2012.

Hakima Benaddi, a Florida woman who was wearing a Muslim head covering at the time, was accused by Domino’s Pizza management of threatening to blow up the location after she complained about the service and pizza she received. On July 27, 2012, a pregnant Benaddi went to Domino’s to order a veggie pizza with her 23-month-old daughter. When Benaddi opened her pizza box she discovered that it was grossly inadequate and returned to complain and seek a refund.

“I was surprised because what I got was nothing like my order,” Benaddi explained. “That pizza was barely suitable to feed to a dog.”

Prior to the incident, Benaddi was a regular customer at the location. There was one small difference, however, on the day of the incident Benaddi had recently started covering her hair by wearing the hijab, the Muslim head scarf.

The Domino’s Pizza did not assist Benaddi when she returned, they did not offer to make her a new pizza or offer her a refund. Instead, the cashier laughed at her and mocked her limited English proficiency.

Then, in what could only be described as a brazen discriminatory act, the Domino’s Pizza management called local police claiming that Benaddi had threatened to blow up the location resulting in Benaddi’s arrest.

Benaddi was in custody for over 24 hours before she was released. She was also forced to remove her headscarf before her booking image was taken.

CAIR Florida’s investigator revealed that eyewitness accounts were consistent with that of Benaddi’s and admitting that Benaddi never made any threats other than to file a complaint. The story the Domino’s Pizza’s manager provided to the police was completely, intentionally and maliciously fabricated.

Although the felony charge against Hakima was dropped before the arraignment, Domino’s Pizza has yet to confirm any wrongdoing.

“Without them acknowledging what they did wrong, this is our only opportunity for her voice to be heard,” said Thania Diaz Clevenger, Civil Rights Director of CAIR Florida. “We need to tell people that this is not okay, to let Domino’s Pizza know this is not okay, and to let other Muslim women who are targeted to know that they can stand up for themselves.”

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  • shem

    Gufo wrote:

    > The same CAIR listed among the terrorist organizations by the United Arab Emirates? <

    No, not that "CAIR". Just so you don't malign the wrong group, I'll attempt to help you with your confusion. CAIR, Council on American Islamic Relations, is an organization that deals primarily with religious discrimination cases, they litigate on behalf of clients who would not have recourse to the advantages you might expect you have in proceedings of law or equity in AMERICAN courts.

    Here's what they say about themselves or see http://www.cair.com/about-us/vision-mission-core-principles.html :

    VISION AND MISSION

    CAIR's vision is to be a leading advocate for justice and mutual understanding.

    CAIR's mission is to enhance understanding of Islam, encourage
    dialogue, protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build
    coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.

    CORE PRINCIPLES

    CAIR supports free enterprise, freedom of religion and freedom of expression.

    CAIR is committed to protecting the civil rights of all Americans, regardless of faith.

    CAIR supports domestic policies that promote civil rights, diversity and freedom of religion.

    CAIR opposes domestic policies that limit civil rights, permit
    racial, ethnic or religious profiling, infringe on due process, or that
    prevent Muslims and others from participating fully in American civic
    life.

    CAIR is a natural ally of groups, religious or secular, that advocate justice and human rights in America and around the world.

    CAIR supports foreign policies that help create free and equitable
    trade, encourage human rights and promote representative government
    based on socio-economic justice.

    CAIR believes the active practice of Islam strengthens the social and religious fabric of our nation.

    CAIR condemns all acts of violence against civilians by any individual, group or state.

    CAIR advocates dialogue between faith communities both in America and worldwide.

    CAIR supports equal and complementary rights and responsibilities for men and women.
    ——————–

    Does this seem unsettling to you Jelly? Try this, we once appealed to CAIR in a matter before the Appellate and Supreme Courts of Washington State regarding the Federally protected right to provide a member of our religious community residence in a building remodeled for that purpose which was compliant with RCW 19.27.042, for the indigent. Churches across America have been fighting in the courts since the 90's, when the homeless crisis spilled over into communities, to provide shelter in buildings they own without being burdened by all the excessive regulatory building codes, as long as life, health, and safety of the occupants are not threatened. CAIR declined to assist us with an amicus curiae brief, but hey, they have a lot on their plate and we had satisfactory counsel.

    I think you have your hat on upside down inside out and backward … but that's the point of you … distort, disrupt, denigrate, and try to destroy any discussion of anything American liberties is your modus aperandi. Try a little harder to make it not so obvious the next time and maybe your pizza argument will "stand up" for itself and not kick your foot in your mouth.

  • Tanveer “Utter Khanage” Khan

    Was a deceptive piece of faeces.

  • HerrSkolly

    Well, that … waitress …

  • Tanveer “Utter Khanage” Khan

    On the topic of side dishes, a waitress at Pizza Hut deceived me into buying garlic bread as a side even though there was garlic bread available at the buffet area. I wasn’t very happy when I realised that.

  • HerrSkolly

    Do you want … some cheesy bread with that pizza?

  • Tanveer “Utter Khanage” Khan

    Not particularly.

  • Tanveer “Utter Khanage” Khan

    I eat like a trooper and I am fed like a King, don’t be jealous.

  • Rajano

    I live in Florida, about an hour south of Tampa on the Gulf Coast. I have never had a bad Dominoes Pizza either. One thing about Florida is that you have a HUGE mix of cultures. A rule of thumb is that the farther North in the state the more “Southern” the culture is. The farther South you go the more of an influence you get from New York, The Midwest, and Latin America. There are, unfortunately, pockets of extreme bigotry in parts of Northern and Central Florida.

  • The Domino’s here is outstanding. I’ve never had a bad pizza from them. Of course, it’s a Michigan company so maybe the Domino’s pizzerias in my state have more stringent standards.

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  • downwithpants

    I want to see the skirt t….and when I see it’s black yell “it’s not black it’s blue!”

  • Tanveer “Utter Khanage” Khan

    Pizza Hut lunchtime buffet, I’m right there. £6.99 buffet, £2 something unlimited fizzy drinks. Free salad bar. Bloody bargain.

  • Mehdi

    Built by a French and a copy exists near Eiffel tower. Maybe it’ll be removed as the crown could come off as a hijab.

  • Just_Stopping_By

    Well, I think it’s more shocking for Americans, and especially New Yorkers, because we are constantly reminded that the French like long skirts/dresses/etc.

    http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/8/85/Statue_of_liberty_01.jpg

  • Tanveer “Utter Khanage” Khan

    No hablo Inglés

  • Mehdi

    It’s beyond shocking.

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