December 18, 2014
Hurting someone’s feeeeelings due to their race or religion in this politically correct Western world, in terms of its repulsiveness, falls just short of committing another Holocaust. And in order to avoid hurt feeeelings, the Leicester branch of a halal-only KFC refused a hand wipe to a non-Muslim customer because it consisted of alcohol.
Needless to say, Graham Noakes, the customer in question, was disgusted.
The 41-year-old thought he was the victim of a wind-up by staff at the Leicester restaurant – but KFC bosses confirmed the policy was genuine.
He said: “They told me it might offend other customers. I explained that it wouldn’t affect me. In fact – I told them I like alcohol, so it wouldn’t bother me in the slightest.
“When they wouldn’t give me one, I was disgusted. I will never be going to KFC again.”
“Why shouldn’t I be allowed a wipe for my hands?” he added. “They use wipes in hospital, what happens when we start being told we can’t have wipes there? I just can’t understand it.”
Even Suleman Nagdi, the spokesman for the Federation of Muslim Organizations, claimed that the hand wipe policy of the Leicester KFC was absolutely ridiculous:
“Using alcohol doesn’t mean you’re consuming it. It seems like an unusual decision to be made. In fact, it sounds bizarre.”
“I’ve never come across anything like this before. KFC have made a commercial decision to do this, and now the Muslim community will face backlash,” he said.
KFC moreover released a couple of statements, with the second statement reading:
“Our alcohol-based hand wipes are approved for use in all our restaurants, including those who are part of the halal trial.
“There was a misunderstanding at the store in question, but the wipes are now being used again. We’re sorry for the customer’s experience.”
As Nagdi alluded to above, Islam forbids the consumption of alcohol; but not its general use, e.g., using rubbing alcohol or alcohol-saturated hand wipes. Whether one views this issue from a non-Muslim or a Muslim perspective, it is simply a consequence of the insanity of political correctness.
I applaud KFC for recognizing the stupidity of this policy and subsequently correcting it. But shame on that branch for allowing it to happen in the first place.