Wegmans Food Markets has closed the Shariah compliant checkout at its store in Rochester., N.Y. and apologized if it offended anyone.
The halal checkout was opened to accommodate a teenage Muslim employee who wears the hijab and felt uncomfortable handling pork and alcohol. News 10 reported the store put up a sign reading “If your order contains pork or alcohol product, we respectfully ask that you choose another lane.” Although the store said it had received no complaints over the matter, Jihad Watch reported Wegmans media relations department released a statement which said "It is not Wegmans’ policy to permit signage like this for any religious or lifestyle reason. The decision to post the sign was made at store level by a single employee, and it has since been reversed. The sign has been removed. We have coached the store on other ways they could have addressed the concerns of this employee, who knew when she took the job that it would include handling these products. We apologize if this has offended anyone."
According to Atlas Shrugs a similar issue occurred in 2007 when Muslim cashiers at some Target stores refused to handle pork products at the checkouts. The matter was resolved by providing them with gloves or moving them to different positions within the stores so they could avoid handling the offensive items.