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CAIR Seeks Apology After Muslim Man is Barred From Subway Restaurant

CAIR, the Council on American-Islamic Relations, has issued an action alert, asking "people of conscience" to demand an apology from Subway's President and CEO Fred DeLuca after a muslim couple were denied service at a Shreveport, Louisiana Subway.

According to CAIR, A "63-year old New Orleans resident of South Asian

heritage" and his wife stopped at a Subway restaurant in Shreveport on

November 21, 2012. The couple used the restrooms, and the man exited the

fast food restaurant.

When he attempted to re-enter, he was "blocked at

the door by a female SUBWAY employee who allegedly asked him "Are you

Muslim?" When the victim replied that he is indeed Muslim, the SUBWAY

employee reportedly responded, "We can't serve you." The employee then

went inside the restaurant and locked the door behind her."

The man, whose name was not released but has been identified as a United States citizen, called 911. Shreveport police arrived and an officer went inside the Subway restaurant. The officer then came out to tell the victim that "the manager was "scared" of him and that he "better leave."

CAIR also notes the man is 5'6" and weighs approximately 155 pounds. He wears an Islamic cap, called a "kufi," and a beard for religious reasons. His wife, a teacher, wears an Islamic headscarf, or "hijab."

Clean Plate Charlie contacted Subway headquarters in Connecticut and were told that they were aware of the action notice released by CAIR.  Les Winograd, a public relations professional at the sandwich chain, said that although the company's 38,000 stores were franchises with each store responsible for the training of their employees, the company was looking into the incident. "We take these matters very seriously and are investigating further."

Subway's President and CEO, Fred DeLuca, is a resident of Fort Lauderdale and is listed as having a net worth of $2.9 billion, according to Forbes.

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Laine Doss is the food and spirits editor for Miami New Times, covering the restaurant and bar scene in South Florida. She has been featured on Cooking Channel’s Eat Street and Food Network’s Great Food Truck Race. Doss won an Alternative Weekly award for her feature on what it’s like to wait tables. In a previous life, she appeared off-Broadway and shook many a cocktail as a bartender at venues in South Florida and New York City. When she’s not writing, you can find Doss running some marathon then celebrating at the nearest watering hole.
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