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Muslim cab drivers in Minneapolis refuse to take you if you have alcohol with you!!!!

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When flight attendant Eva Buzek returned to Minneapolis from a trip to France, five taxi drivers refused to take her home from the airport. The reason? She had two bottles of wine in her suitcase -- and the drivers were Muslims, who don't drink and refuse to have alcohol in their taxis.
About three-quarters of the 900 taxi drivers at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport are Somalis, many of them Muslim. And about three times each day, would-be customers are refused taxi service when a driver sees they're carrying alcohol.

"It's become a significant customer-service issue," said Patrick Hogan, a spokesman for the Metropolitan Airports Commission, on Thursday.

Now the airports commission has a solution: color-coding the lights on the taxi roofs to indicate whether a driver will accept a booze-toting fare. The actual colors haven't been decided on yet, but commission officials met Thursday with representatives of the taxi drivers and the Minnesota chapter of the Muslim American Society to continue working on the plan.

The airports commission has struggled with the issue for several years. Alcohol is a serious concern for devout Muslims, said Hassan Mohamud, an imam and vice president of the society. The Qur'an, Islam's holy book, strictly forbids buying, selling, drinking or carrying alcohol.

The observant drivers object only to transporting openly displayed alcohol, said Ali Culed, a Somali Muslim who's been driving an airport cab for eight years. They won't search passengers or quiz them about what's in their bags.

"It is a religious issue," Culed said. "I cannot force anybody to change their belief, but not in my cab. I don't want the guilt. I just want to be an innocent person."

Hogan said taxi starters at curbside will look for duty-free bags with bottles or other obvious signs of alcohol and steer riders to cabs whose drivers don't object to booze.

Buzek, the flight attendant, said she was refused service in March after she told a driver to be careful with her suitcase because it had wine in it. Other drivers in the taxi line passed the word, she said, and four more refused her service. A dispatcher finally steered her to a driver who would take the fare.

Buzek, who grew up in Poland, said her treatment goes against American values.

"I came to this country and I didn't expect anybody to adjust to my needs," she said. "I don't want to impose my beliefs on anyone else. That's why I'm in this country, because of the freedom.

"What's going to be next? ... Do I have to cover my head?"

Mohamud said that wouldn't happen.

"According to Muslim law, a Muslim driver cannot question a person's faith or beliefs," he said. "It's not a matter of the person, it's what the person is carrying."

If other religious issues come up, they'll be dealt with on a case-by-case basis, Hogan said.

"We can't promise that we can accommodate every religious belief," he said. "Our interest is in making sure people can get a cab."
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I will now refuse to take a cab that has a muslim driving it! Also I guess it doesn't bother them to sell it in 7-11's they own!

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Muslims go all sorts of crazy during Ramadan. I feel like going to downtown Kuwait City in the middle of the day and running around naked with a t-bone in one hand and a beer in the other. I'm sure I would be shot on site, but that's ok.

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They'll let you take alcohol if it's something strong like some everclear, you just have to tell them its for the right reasons. (hint: blowing things up, I heard they love that)

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Ahhh yes! This is just the start.... Now they will start getting the minority vote and pretty soon our women will have to be fully clothed to go outside. We won't be able to have a drink with dinner and so on cause they are in the same restaurant and it offends them.

Yeah and all that opium in Afghanistan is ok too!
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Muslims go all sorts of crazy during Ramadan. I feel like going to downtown Kuwait City in the middle of the day and running around naked with a sausage in one hand and a beer in the other. I'm sure I would be shot on site, but that's ok.
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fixed... they go nuts over the pig...
No 90Stang LX5.0 was right. During Ramadan, Muslims cannot eat or drink anything during daylight hours (he did say mid-day).

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All the drivers should be fired for refusing fares.
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All the drivers should be fired for refusing fares.
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That's the way I see it.

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Yep. Just like the pharmisist that refused to sell the morning after pill should be fired.
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They don't drink alcohol, but they will sure as hell chop your head off in a heart-beat. Send them home....across the ocean home
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That's some bullshit! In Afghanistan they have liquor stores and porn shops!!! In Kabul they have freaking brothels(they are run by the chinese, but everyone knows they are there)!! For people that don't like alcohol, drugs, and sex, they sure did get drunk and fuck their sons friends a lot(while growing and smoking pot).
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Yep. Just like the pharmisist that refused to sell the morning after pill should be fired.
exactly. the took these jobs to perform a service to comsumers. their religious beliefs or morals should not come in between them and doing their jobs
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All the drivers should be fired for refusing fares.
Exactly. WTF is the debate about? You refuse lawful service from a paying customer, you should be fired. If you did not want to carry a customer that has booze, you should not have taken the job to being with.

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That's some bullshit! In Afghanistan they have liquor stores and porn shops!!! In Kabul they have freaking brothels(they are run by the chinese, but everyone knows they are there)!! For people that don't like alcohol, drugs, and sex, they sure did get drunk and fuck their sons friends a lot(while growing and smoking pot).
Would you expect anything else from the country that produces 600 tons of Opium per year?

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No 90Stang LX5.0 was right. During Ramadan, Muslims cannot eat or drink anything during daylight hours (he did say mid-day).

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We can't even do that shit on base here except in our living areas. If we go out of the dorm area (out of the Entry Control Point) we have be in long pants and long sleeves and cannot eat or drink outside (unless we're on the flightline). I just said steak because I have had a pang for a good steak for some time now.

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Jesus Fucking Christ. We are letting this country go to shit at an alarming rate. I am sooooo fucking glad that foreigners are the ones calling the shots now. Where the fuck do we draw the line? When in the fuck is this going to end?

You don't want alcohol in your cab? Too fucking bad! It's not your cab, cocksucker. Can we please ship all of these motherfuckers back on a cargo plane full of pigs!?
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Jesus Fucking Christ. We are letting this country go to shit at an alarming rate. I am sooooo fucking glad that foreigners are the ones calling the shots now. Where the fuck do we draw the line? When in the fuck is this going to end?

You don't want alcohol in your cab? Too fucking bad! It's not your cab, cocksucker. Can we please ship all of these motherfuckers back on a cargo plane full of pigs!?
How do these cab companies work? I was under the impression that the driver's were independent contractors and they owned their own vehicles. Maybe that's just for Austin's Yellow Cab, I dunno.
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How do these cab companies work? I was under the impression that the driver's were independent contractors and they owned their own vehicles. Maybe that's just for Austin's Yellow Cab, I dunno.
Every cab I have ever been in was thru a company. Now if the driver is using his own vehicle, fuck it. He can decide who or what he wants in the car. I am just going to ask each and every taxi driver if they are muslim and if they like pork? If I don't like the answer, I have the freedom to chose another cab.........and dirkadirka can be on his way.
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Every cab I have ever been in was thru a company. Now if the driver is using his own vehicle, fuck it. He can decide who or what he wants in the car. I am just going to ask each and every taxi driver if they are muslim and if they like pork? If I don't like the answer, I have the freedom to chose another cab.........and dirkadirka can be on his way.
If I was the owner of a cab company, even if they were indepedent contractors, they would accept all fares or be on their way and can advertise themselves.
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I know I would. But I would wait until they refused service to a gay black jewish woman in a wheelchair so I could make a big deal out of it.
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Muslims go all sorts of crazy during Ramadan. I feel like going to downtown Kuwait City in the middle of the day and running around naked with a t-bone in one hand and a beer in the other. I'm sure I would be shot on site, but that's ok.
They're a peaceful religion, remember? They wouldn't shoot you. lmao.

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How do these cab companies work? I was under the impression that the driver's were independent contractors and they owned their own vehicles. Maybe that's just for Austin's Yellow Cab, I dunno.
Most the ones I've seen (the normal cabs) lease the cab from a company.

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