A Muslim woman wearing hijab was told to leave an Indiana discount store by a manager under suspicion that she was a robber.
Sarah Zawjahtul AbdAllah Salaam, who was wearing an Islamic head scarf cavering her face, recorded video of the incident which took place at a Family Dollar store in Gary.
Salaam posted the video on her Facebook page. The footage shows the manager strongly criticizing her for wearing the Islamic garment in the store.
“If you can’t remove that from your face I need you to leave the store,” the manager says.
Salaam then says that her headscarf is a part of her religious belief but the manager tells her to leave anyway.
“You have to understand, too, that this is a high-crime area where we get robbed a lot,” the manager says.
“You need to remove that from your face or remove yourself from the store. Remove that from your face or remove yourself from the store, please. I’m the manager, and I’m telling you to leave my store.”
“I have a right to wear whatever I want to wear. There’s women that come in here with bikini tops on,” Salaam protests.
She then leaves the store as the manager threatens to call the police. “I’ll have the cops come and remove you, thank you,” the manager says.