A Muslim teenager in Australia’s second-largest state of Queensland is complaining of being denied service and locked at a service station because of her face-veil (niqab).The rest of the story here.
“It's so horrific,” teenager Hafsah Negussie told Courier Mail on Monday, April 29.
"I'm Australian, I was born and raised here, I know my rights.”
The case goes back to December last year when Negussie, who dons Islamic face-veil, tried to pay for her goods at a Brisbane service station after a worker refused to serve her.
She also complained that the doors were locked by the attendant when she attempted to leave.
The incident was reported to police but no official report was filed until the Muslim teenager came forward again in April.
A company spokesman for BP service stations said the business required customers to remove helmets, hoodies or large hats before approaching the counter.
He, however, said that the policy did not extend to religious headwear, admitting that the attendant involved had misunderstood business requirements.
"This was regrettable and we wish to apologize most sincerely for this lapse,” he said.
"We are also reminding all our service station staff of our company's approach to religious headgear.”