GARY, IN (WCMH) — An Indiana woman says she was kicked out of a Family Dollar store for wearing a traditional Islamic veil.
The incident was recorded on cell phone video Monday afternoon as Sarah Muzdaher Safi tried to buy charcoal for a family cookout, NBC Chicago reports.
“You’re telling me I have to leave your store,” Safi asks the clerk in the video.
“yes ma’am,” the clerk replies.”If you can’t remove that from your face, I’m going to need you to leave the store.”
The veil is called a Niqab, and it covers her entire face and mouth.
“I’ve warn my garments for a long time. I have never been treated like this in any establishment. Ever,” Safi said.
Safi explained that the garments are religious in nature. The clerk responded by saying, “I understand, but you have to understand this is a high crime area where we get robbed a lot, you need to remove that from your face or remove yourself from the store.”
The Council on American Islamic Relations described the incident as a blatant violation of Safi’s civil rights.
The manager told Safi to leave the store two more times before wishing her a blessed day.
“I just want to understand,” Safi said. “Like I wish people would do of me. Just try to understand. I want to explain to her what I believe.”