This article from Hamburger Morgenpost concerns a young woman who was refused service at a Hamburg post office because the clerk did not like the fact that she was in full niqab. Needless to say, the clerk’s job is now in jeopardy.
Many thanks to Liz from Europe News for the translation:
“You will not be served while veiled!”
Santa K. (20) from Hamburg, was dismissed from the post office in the main station.
It was a daily walk for Santa K. from Hamburg (20). She just wanted to get some post cards at the post office on Tuesday. But nothing happened then. “I will not wait on you,” said the woman behind the counter to the veiled woman. “I am face to face with you, so I expect you to do the same for me.”
For K. it was a slap in the face. This happened due to her niqab, a cloth that covered the whole body with only the eyes left uncovered, which didn’t suit Mrs. W. in the post office of the main station. As a result she refused service to the four-months pregnant woman. Husband Ferhat S. (26) couldn’t believe what he saw: “When people see us, it often happens that there is some talk, that we are characterized for example as Taliban. We can even laugh about that. But it was too much and has hurt us deeply. We are not living in Nazi Germany anymore. “
His wife converted to Islam last year. Her Polish mother had raised her in the Christian faith, but because of her Syrian father she has always been interested in Islamic culture, says K. “When I was an adult, I tried to orient myself,” said the confident woman, who in 2007 went to a showing of “Deutschland sucht den Superstar” [similar to “American Idol”]. Thereafter, she started wearing the veil, and finally the niqab.
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“Many men had no respect. I wanted a kind of protective barrier,” she says. “And I wanted it to be a little bit provocative, too.” The Hamburg-born Turk, P., doesn’t pay any importance to her appearance: “Everybody thinks so, but I do not care what she is wearing.” In no case, however, should wearing a niqab authorize discrimination, which both haven’t previously experienced to this extent. “We love Hamburg, Germany, and we also love living here because we are allowed live our faith,” says S.
Mrs. W. wanted to stop this. When MOPO [Hamburger Morgenpost] asked her about the incident, she burst into tears. “I have anxiety when I see masked people,” she attempts to justify her behavior. She could therefore not guarantee that she would serve veiled women in the future.
Gerald Prang, store manager, does not want to tolerate the behavior of his employee. “This is very strange and impossible. In our office, every customer is treated equally,” he said, and announces the consequences: “I will have a conversation with her. If she has a problem with serving veiled people, then she can not continue working at the counter.”
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