A former manager-in-training at a Bridgeton Taco Bell recently went on a racist rant in response to a Muslim man at her store’s drive thru.
The man, Tarek Hamdan, had been fasting for Ramadan, a Muslim holiday that requires an all-day fast.
After getting through the full day without food or water, Hamdan decided to make a late night trek to the Taco Bell drive thru to break his fast, getting $55 worth of food for his suhoor, or pre-sunrise meal.
Around 1am after a busy day at work & not being able to eat from a long day of fasting for #Ramadan, I went to @tacobell to buy some food for suhoor (pre-dawn meal/breakfast) but, ended up having a 25 minute debate with this worker who insisted ALL Muslims are terrorists. #STL pic.twitter.com/ChV98eTMYl
— Tarek (@arab_lovin245) May 14, 2019
Much to his (and everyone’s) disappointment, the employee in the drive thru had to share her opinion on Hamdan’s religious beliefs.
Luckily, the man had his phone out and ready to expose the employee for who she was.
“Until you call me and change my mind, Muslim motherf**kers can suck my d**k.”
The conversation went on for a good 25 minutes, during which the cashier grilled Hamdan on his beliefs towards women.
“Women have equal rights as men, that’s what God says in the book,” says Hamdan patiently.
To which the cashier replied: “That’s not Muslim.”
The “terrorist” stereotype was also addressed, with Hamdan arguing that extremists are “monsters” and “disgusting,” and not representative of the Muslim religion and culture.
The manager-to-be continued her rant, saying that “they tore down my country, they killed thousands of my people.”
After posting the video on his Twitter on May 13th, Hamdan has received many tweets from supporters.
I am so sorry you had to go through all of this Tarek. I am glad that Taco Bell did the right thing and fired this woman. Be blessed! Take care!!
— Mary Beth Brayer (@maryuerk) May 18, 2019
Icing on the cake has to be about ‘coming to my country and killing thousands of my ppl’ is exactly what the Native American ppl are saying about her ancestors for hundreds of years
— Abu'l 'eyse (@AbulEyse) May 16, 2019
I'm sorry you went through this
— a green eyed demon. (@iamredfoxx) May 18, 2019
“ i’m not going to cater to you”
Says after she hands you your food. Ok. Lmao
— ▲lesa (@wideawokee) May 15, 2019
Even Taco Bell itself chimed in, asking Hamdan to DM them.
This is unacceptable. DM us. https://t.co/FUsmRWStIs
— Taco Bell Care (@tacobellcare) May 14, 2019
Since then, the Islamophobic cashier has been fired.
Hamdan has found an additional video after the fact, and posted that one to Twitter as well.
lmfao so I found the other part of the video…y’all not ready for this ???????????????????? pic.twitter.com/GwCOWb2Jli
— Tarek (@arab_lovin245) May 16, 2019
What people like this ex-future-manager need to understand is that this kind of behavior is not tolerated by workplaces.
A simple video going viral can mean the end of your job, and the sooner these kinds of people understand that, the sooner they’ll maybe think before they speak up. And maybe they may learn a thing or two about compassion and tolerance and not stereotyping.
At least, we can only hope.