Muslim Man Felt 'Degraded' After Eating Pork in Meal He Didn't Ask About

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As someone who was a server/bartender for 11 years, I know when someone is trying to get a free meal. This is one of those instances.

A Muslim man in England was outraged about pork being an ingredient in his side of chili fries, because his religion, Islam, doesn’t allow for the consumption of pork.

Naz Ali went to dinner with his family and friends at Farmer John’s restaurant in Sutton Coldfield, England. He ordered a burger and chili fries, but didn’t notice the pork until after he began eating it.

One slight problem. Ali admitted that he didn’t ask whether there was pork in the chili, because he automatically assumed the meat used was chicken.

I don’t know about you, maybe I’m naive to other cultures, but how often do you see chicken in traditional chili? You might be able to find it every now and then, but the consensus on chili is that you use either beef or pork.

Let’s say for argument’s sake that the chili was made with chicken. If you’re out at a restaurant, and you order something that you know will have meat in it, if your religion prohibits you from eating a certain type of meat, wouldn’t you ask ahead of time whether your dish has that certain type of meat in it?

Sorry. I know common sense doesn’t apply to everyone.

This story is very conflicting, and that’s why I believe Ali was just looking for a free meal for his party.

Here is the first of the two conflicting reports, according to The Sun:

Speaking with the Birmingham Mail, the 39-year-old truck driver admits he never asked staff what kind of meat was used in the dish and assumed it was chicken.

Okay. Ready for the second?

Here it is:

Mr Ali said: “My friend said I should check what I was eating so I asked the waitress and at first she had no idea.

“Then she came back and said she was really, really sorry because it was pork.

“I had food in my mouth and I spat it out and went to the toilet, where I was sick. I felt degraded.”

See what I mean? Which is it, Mr. Ali? Did you not ask or did you? And even if you did ask, why would you eat it before you got your answer?

I call BS.

Also, Ali felt degraded?

Being degraded would mean that someone did something to you intentionally that disparaged any aspect of your person.

The restaurant clearly didn’t do that as the restaurant management allegedly said that they waived the entire bill for Ali’s group dinner.

Ali later commented, “For religious purposes I don’t eat pork and restaurants should be aware of what people of different religions can and can’t eat. It was a shambles.”

No, Mr. Ali. What is a shambles is your lack of personal responsibility. Just because you're devout in practicing your religion, doesn’t mean that they should automatically know your dietary needs without you informing them.

Maybe it’s because, for the most part, servers/bartenders don’t see black, white, Christian or Muslim. The good ones only see green since most of them rely on the tips of their customers to live.

Typically, at least in the U.S., servers and bartenders make anywhere between $2 and $5 an hour, and the rest is made up of what they make in tips.

Even if you get a free meal, if it wasn’t the fault of your server, you still tip them.

I’ll be here all week. Don’t forget to tip your waitress!

 

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