An Ikea store in Switzerland is being praised for defending a Muslim employee against racist comments by a customer. A customer left a negative review online after visiting the Swedish furniture giant’s store in Aubonne.
“It’s a pity to find a veiled cashier. I will never step into this store again,” the review said.
In its response, the store said: “Our company has clear values: respect for everyone, regardless of their origin, sexual orientation or religion. Before judging a person based on their appearance, you must get to know them.”
“We don’t feel bad that someone who thinks in this manner is not going to return to our store,” it added.
Ikea’s stance was widely praised online as the response went viral on social media. Many gave the store five star reviews.
“Bravo for your tolerance,” wrote one person on Facebook. “Beautiful! I salute you for your courage and tolerance as well as your open mind!” another said.
According to Daily Sabah, the incident comes in the middle of a debate in Swiss society regarding facial coverings. In 2018, the Swiss government said that cantons should decide on the matter of facial coverings independently. The cantons of St Gallen and Ticino have banned facial coverings, including burqas, in public spaces.