Monday, 08 October 2007
J. Sainsbury plc
London EC1N 2HT
Dear Mr Hampton,
I am writing to object to your policy of allowing some Moslem employees to opt-out of serving your customers by scanning alcohol products despite assurances by the Moslem council of Britain and various other Islamic groups that this is not a requirement of Islamic law. This policy was reported in The Sunday Times on the 30th September 2007
As a Sainsbury’s customer I feel offended that I may be served by a Sainsbury’s employee who, for his own personal reasons, feels that my purchases are “unclean” and refuses to handle them. Furthermore, I am not willing to be delayed at your store in order to accommodate the prejudices of your employees.
I am further concerned that your decision on this issue will lead in future to your allowing other groups of your employees not to serve me with pork, beef, meat products, toiletries tested on animals, condoms, Christmas cards, books of Bible stories, imports from Israel, or anything else they may insist they do not like.
Therefore I will no longer shop at any of your stores until you reverse this decision.
I look forward to your reply.
Dr Sean Gabb