A Muslim teacher was asked to remove his hoodie which had his last name ‘Islam’ written on the back apparently because it had made pub customers “feel uncomfortable”.
Nurul Islam, who helps run his school's Duke of Edinburgh award scheme, was meeting his coworkers at the Coach and Horses pub near Hertford. A barman told him to remove his school sweatshirt, all of which have teachers’ last names on them, and claimed it was offending people after the Nice attack.
The pub, located in England’s Hertfordshire County, is being investigated by police after the incident.
“A staff member came outside and asked if I could I take off my jumper because it was making some customers feel uncomfortable,” said Mr Islam.
“It’s beyond belief really,” he added. “You think that this sort of stuff is left behind a long time ago, but it seems to be OK now. I don't know whether Brexit had an effect on this.”
Mr Islam said he’s had no contact with the pub since. He asserted that the landlord should make a public apology so that others will understand that such behavior is unacceptable.
Hertfordshire Police said that the incident is being investigated by a specialist hate crime officer to establish whether offences have been committed. The pub has not commented on the issue yet.