BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WKRG) — A Muslim civil rights organization is asking management at a Decatur, Alabama McDonald’s to identify and fire the staff who are accused of hiding pieces of bacon in 14 chicken sandwiches a Muslim family ordered.
The Alabama chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Alabama) called the franchise Tuesday with the request after the family sent them a video taken Monday, after they each found a small piece of bacon on each sandwich.
Eating pork products is strictly prohibited in Islam.
“Based on the evidence in this incident, as well as the unprecedented spike in anti-Muslim bigotry nationwide, we believe this was an intentional act of religious and ethnic bigotry,” said Khaula Hadeed, Executive Director at CAIR-Alabama.
A representative from CAIR-Alabama said they also contacted McDonald’s corporate management in order to put pressure on the franchise to provide surveillance of the incident, as well as an apology for the employees’ actions.
“McDonald’s should investigate this incident, identify and terminate the employees responsible, and take proactive steps to satisfy this American family’s concerns, starting with an apology,” Hadeed said.
In July, CAIR-Alabama called on state and federal law enforcement authorities to investigate vandalism targeting a Muslim family as a possible hate crime in Helena, Alabama.
Helena Police Chief Pete Folmar told Al.com that vulgar graphics and racial slurs were spray-painted on the vehicles. Folmar added that the police department would not tolerate “such things,” referring to crimes targeting any person based on ethnicity or religion.
So far, neither McDonald’s nor the Decatur-based franchise have responded to the allegations.