Muslim Woman Alleges She Was Maliciously Baconed by TGIFriday’s
Garland, Texas~ Nicole Queen went with her friends for a casual lunch at TGIFriday’s and states that they were given a cold reception by their server, who appeared very put off when asked to leave the bacon off of the cobb salad that was ordered by Queen. She suggested to her friends that they be “extra nice” to their server, under the assumption that he was uncomfortable with them being Muslim.
Queen recalls that by the end of their meal, the original server had been replaced and their new server offered her a free to go refill of her iced tea. She felt off about the offer, and she says she’s never been offered anything free previously from the establishment. In the parking lot on the way to her vehicle, she noticed a piece of bacon in the straw of her iced tea. Queen alleges an employee of the establishment purposely placed the meat there, knowing that as a Muslim, it is customary for her to not have pork in her diet. “I knew right away that it was bacon, and I knew right away that it had been placed in my straw because that was the first thing that went into my mouth.”
After taking the cup to the manager of the restaurant, she claims that he was full of excuses rather than apologetic, and feels that the complaint wasn’t taken seriously. “He said, ‘Our wait staff does not have access to the kitchen and they wouldn’t do that on purpose.’ Everything that came out of his mouth was denial and excuses,” she said.
In a statement provided to News 8 in Dallas, TGIFriday’s spokesman stated: ”We take this matter very seriously, as it would represent a gross violation of our values and the promise we make to each of our guests. We have been in contact with the guest, and we are working with her to investigate. We will take any appropriate actions necessary based on the findings.”
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Due to Queens allegations, Friday’s employees will now undergo specialtraining for helping them cater to their Muslim patrons in the future.