A woman said she was told to leave a Family Dollar Store for wearing a niqab and hijab.
Sarah Safi, 32, who claimed she is a victim of discrimination, expressed that she has never been treated harshly when she went to a Family Dollar Store in Gary on Monday. She said she is accustomed to people staring at her for wearing her religious garment.
“I might have made it 10 steps into the store and I hear the lady behind the counter say, ‘Ma’am, you need to take that off your face or you need to leave my store,'” Safi said, as reported by ABC 7 Chicago.
She went on to tell the manager that she was wearing the hijab and niqab for religious purposes.
“I understand, but you have to understand, too, this is a high crime area and we get robbed a lot. You need to remove that from your face or remove yourself from the store,” the manager said.
Safi captured the dialogue between the manager of the store and herself in a video.
The manager said he would have to call the police if she refused to leave the store, as reported by FOX 59. “I told her this country is a country of freedom of religion, freedom of speech, and I have a right to wear whatever I want,” Safi said.
Her children had been waiting in the car outside, so she thought it was better to leave as she did not want her children to witness the scene.
“I’m really saddened. I was born here, raised here all my life and I’ve never been to an establishment and been treated like this,” she said.
Safi said she wants to sit down with the manager of the store and have him apologize to her. “I would like to sit with her and speak to her about what I believe in, because maybe if she heard and really listened to what I believe it I would open her heart,” she said.