LONDON: A security guard who told a Muslim woman to remove her hijab at a McDonald’s restaurant in London has been suspended. The employee told her to remove her headscarf and said “it’s just a matter of taking it off” at a branch in Seven Sisters on Friday. The fast-food chain said on Monday that the man, who is employed by a third party, has been suspended pending an investigation into his behaviour.
The young Londoner filmed the security guard telling her to remove her hijab and posted the footage on social media. The clip also showed himblocking herfrom stepping towards the tills to order her food. She could be heard explaining thatshewears her hijab for religious reasons after she rightly refusesto remove it.Eventually, another customer stepped in and told the employee he could notstop her from entering the restaurant. The Muslim woman told him: “It’s not just a matter of taking it off.
I wear it for religious reasons and I’m not ashamed of it. And I will stand in line and I will get the food that I want because this isn’t OK. “I go to all the shops and any restaurant I want and in my hijab and I buy the food I want to buy and then I come here. And I literally live down this street from here. “This is actually like a hate crime, this is a hate crime.” The customer who stepped in to help then said: “You can’t stop her coming into here because she’s wearing a headscarf.” The footage ended with the Muslim woman leaving the restaurant and telling staff: “I don’t want anything anymore.” It was posted on Twitter by a woman named Sabrina, who said the footage was recorded by her friend. After the footage emerged online, McDonald’s apologised. A McDonald’s spokesman said: “We are deeply sorry that this happened, and are taking the matter very seriously, addressing the situation with both the restaurant and security firm involved.