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Reader comment on item: Don't Bring That Booze into My Taxi
Submitted by miss m (United States), Oct 15, 2006 at 20:44
The " sensitivity:" ( read "appeasement") to Muslim concerns is an issue far greater that the " service issue", which is a non-issue.
The real issue is how willing are businesses to be manipulated by religious adherents of Islam whose goal is to force Westerners to adapt to, support, adopt (little by little, as you are doing) their religious practices .
BE HONEST WITH YOURSELF, WHY WOULD YOU SUBMIT TO RELIGIOUS PRESSURE FROM iSLAMICS WHILE YOU DO NOT GET IT FROM PRACTITIONERS OF OTHER RELIGIONS, though they may well be just as preotectove of their own traditions? HINDU DRIVERS WITH TURBANS, ORIENTAL DRIVERS WITH PIGTAILS, JEWS WITH KIPPAS, BUDDHIST DRIVERS DO NOT INSIST ON WHO THEY WILL OR WILL NOT TAKE AS PASSENGERS. They are in business, and perform their work.
So far as service provided, follow the rules the airport has given for taxi service and that will solve the service problem. It is the same as any taxi pulling away with a previous passenger and the next one becoming available, just as at any taxi stand or public street, except that the non-cooperative anti-infidel Islamic taxi driver will go to the back of the line as per your rules.
You are worried the Islamists will arrange to be one after the other so passengers will have to wait while several go to the back of the line? You have the AUTHORITY to make rules about that kind of blackmail..
You are worried that they (the Islamists ) will make a public on the spot fuss? Line up 5,6 or 7 in a row? Embarrass the passenger? Again, you have the authority to prevent such behaviour.
FIRE HIM/THEM!!! REMOVE HIM FROM THE SERVICE GROUP. YOU WOULD NOT TOLERATE THAT FROM ANYONE ELSE!
They have your number, know that you are afraid of being accused of 'religious discrimination' . That is SO IRRELEVANT in this, or any situation like this!. This is a matter of doing the job as the job requires.
You are afraid they can put the word out for Islamics and Arabs not to use your airport? Forget it, the practical ones will do it anyway if it serves their travel purposes. I won't, however, if you continue to appease the Islamists at the expense of everyone else.
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