Salon Owner Arrested In UK For Banning Muslim Customers
Police arrested the owner of a hairdressing salon after she apparently posted on her Facebook page that Muslims will no longer be allowed in her Salon. The owner, of the salon called Blinks of Bicester,in Oxfordshire, made the announcement following the attacks in Paris. Thames Valley Police detained the woman after the comment appeared on her Facebook page that she would not be taking any more bookings from people of the “Islamic faith”. The post was deleted later after receiving a lot of criticism on it.
In response to the criticism she later on added that she was not a “racialist” and that she had grown up with “raga and patowoire language with Trinidad”. The arrest took place after the police received many complaints over this Facebook post. The arrest was made under under section 19 of the Public Order Act, which stipulates that “use of words or behaviour/display of written material intended to stir up religious hatred” is an offence. Similarly under the 2010 Equalities Act, businesses are banned from refusing service to customers on the basis of religion.
She was later released on bail till November 30.