Up until recently, businesses in the United States have had the right to refuse service to anyone that they wanted to and for any reason that they wanted to. Some put up signs, but in general, it’s the proprietors prerogative to serve who he wanted. Some even put up signs i.e. “no shirt no shoes no service” or something similar. That’s more of a friendly warning as to the general standards that a store might want to keep, but basically, it’s up to whoever owns an establishment to decide how they wanted to run their business. And if you don’t like it, you can take your business elsewhere.
Recently, it has become a big issue when bakers didn’t want to make a cake for a gay marriage, and the issue arose about who has to serve whom, and under what conditions. Our old friend Political Correctness rose up and decided to tell us what freedoms would be taken away, and sadly many people listened to him.
The most pressing concern of many businesses, especially institutions dealing with money, is, of course, safety. They have rules about what you can bring in, and what you can wear. This is presumably because of what it might be concealing. That was the case with a credit union in Washington, where a young lady got it into her head that she was being discriminated against because when she broke the rules about how they would serve her, she was asked to comply.
This is what her Facebook post read:
“I went into Sound Credit Union in Kent, Wa to pay my bill as normal. The video above will show the discrimination that I faced today. I am a black Muslim woman and was observing Jummah, so I had my hood on. The teller asks me to ‘take off my hood’. In order to adhere to their policy, I ran outside to get my hijab. When I came back, two men before me were served with no issues, but both were wearing hats. Then I confronted the teller and he told me ‘it should be no issue, let me get my supervisor for permission,’. Instead of seeking a resolution, she chose to do this…watch the video.
I never want this to happen to anybody and NOBODY should ever be treated this way. Thank you.”