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CAIR-FL Announces Bias Complaint Against Restaurant

CAIR-FL Announces Bias Complaint Against Restaurant
Muslim customer allegedly denied accommodation, verbally harassed

(TAMPA, FL, 12/21/05) – The Florida office of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-FL) today announced the filing of a public accommodation discrimination complaint by a Muslim man who says he was denied service at a local franchise of a national restaurant chain because of his race, religion or national origin.

The Tampa resident, who is of Middle Eastern origin, says a Subway restaurant shift manager told him, “I am not going to make you a sandwich.” When the Muslim customer asked why he was being denied service, the manager allegedly became verbally abusive and ordered him to leave the restaurant.

At a press conference earlier today, the victim noted that the restaurant served at least two other customers while this incident took place, and that other customers were served immediately after him.

CAIR-FL has obtained an affidavit from an eyewitness who says the Muslim customer remained calm throughout the incident.

A complaint has been filed with the Florida Commission on Human Relations, the City of Tampa and the local and national offices of Subway.

CONTACT: Ahmed Bedier, CAIR Central FL Director, 813-731-9506, E-Mail:; Areeb Naseer, CAIR FL Legal Advisor 619-301-9091, E-Mail:


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