Target: Shallom Berkman, CEO of Urth Caffe
Goal: Apologize and compensate the women who were allegedly kicked out of a cafe just because they were Muslim.
Seven Muslim women, six of whom wear hijabs, were kicked out of an Urth Caffe in Laguna Beach. The company claimed that this was due to a time limit policy in order to fairly serve all guests during rush hour, but there were many empty tables and no one else was kicked out. This seems like an obvious act of discrimination against Muslims, and the women should be apologized to and fairly compensated for their humiliation.
The seven Muslim women decided to go to Urth Caffe to chat over pizza and pecan pie. Not too long into their visit, a manager approached them saying that they had to leave. However, over 20 tables were empty, and a group of white women that had been there before they had arrived were not asked to leave. They were then escorted out by police officers, making them feel like criminals. They wanted to eat at a popular restaurant just like everyone else, but they were allegedly singled out for their appearance. As Sara Farsakh, one of the women kicked out, said, “Our only offense to Urth Caffe was that we are a group of Muslim women that stood out – visibly stood out – tarnishing their image.”
No one should be discriminated against just for expressing their religion. Sign this petition and make Urth Caffe apologize for their alleged discrimination and compensate the women for their troubles.
Dear Mr. Berkman,
There allegedly was a problem of discrimination in the Laguna Beach Urth Caffe. Seven Muslim women were kicked out of the restaurant apparently because they were wearing hijabs and thus “visibly Muslim.” If this is true, you should apologize to the women on behalf of Urth Caffe and compensate them for the embarrassment they suffered.
These women were apprently ordered to leave because of a 45-minute time limit policy during rush hour, but there were many empty tables, and another group of white women that had been there longer were not asked to leave. They were respectful customers, and the only thing differentiating themselves from everyone else was there hijabs. To kick only these women out seems like discrimination against Muslims.
No respectful customer should have to feel like a criminal just for expressing their religion. Please apologize for this alleged discrimination and compensate them for their troubles.
[Your Name Here]
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