Sainsbury Complaint


Monday, 08 October 2007


Philip Hampton


J. Sainsbury plc

33 Holborn

London EC1N 2HT


Dear Mr Hampton,


I am writing to object to your policy of allowing some Moslem employees to opt-out of serving your customers by scanning alcohol products despite assurances by the Moslem council of Britain and various other Islamic groups that this is not a requirement of Islamic law. This policy was reported in The Sunday Times on the 30th September 2007


As a Sainsbury’s customer I feel offended that I may be served by a Sainsbury’s employee who, for his own personal reasons, feels that my purchases are “unclean” and refuses to handle them. Furthermore, I am not willing to be delayed at your store in order to accommodate the prejudices of your employees.


I am further concerned that your decision on this issue will lead in future to your allowing other groups of your employees not to serve me with pork, beef, meat products, toiletries tested on animals, condoms, Christmas cards, books of Bible stories, imports from Israel, or anything else they may insist they do not like.


Therefore I will no longer shop at any of your stores until you reverse this decision.


I look forward to your reply.


Yours sincerely,

   Dr Sean Gabb

5 thoughts on “Sainsbury Complaint

  1. Sainsbury’s says immigrants have ‘better ethic’ than Britons

    Supermarket giant Sainsbury’s is hailing the “superior” work ethic of its immigrant workers.

    … “We have found migrant workers to have a very satisfactory work ethic, in many cases superior to domestic workers,” J Sainsbury said … “They tend to be more willing to work flexibly, and be satisfied with their duties, terms and conditions and productivity requirements. …

    “In the long term, this could have a positive effect on their domestic colleagues.” … “We anticipate that the use of migrant workers will increase within Sainsbury’s, as the UK population declines, and it will also help us, in part, to address the problem of an ageing population,”

    … Meanwhile, Professor David Blanchflower, who sits on the Bank of England’s monetary policy committee, suggested … that immigration from Eastern Europe had dampened down wage growth because it had increased the “fear of unemployment” with more workers available for jobs.

  2. The interesting thing about this is considering what the attitude of Sainsbury’s would be if the tables were turned, or at least in some different position!

    If it were a ‘regular’ worker, you can bet your bottom dollar it would be rightfully rubbished from the outset.

    Would I get into trouble if I told these people God doesn’t exist?

  3. Don’t think so. The true Sainsburys were good upright jews, but I don’t think the present incumbents give a monkey’s f*** whether God exists or not. They are what my old father, born while the first Zeppelin air raid on London was going on, would have called “trimmers”. They will avow the existence of God when the nasty, anti-human and anti-scientific creationists get hold fully of the schools, which probably will be after the Moslems have got there first.

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