Oh woe! Mo’s booze plan goes belly-up
A GROCERY store owner in Gloucesershire has been forced to withdraw an application for a license to sell alcohol because his shop is too close to a mosque.
The application was made by one Mohammed Islam – which, we would suggest, isn’t the most appropriate of names for someone planning to flog booze near Rug-Butter Central.
True to form, local Muslims flew into a rage, and set up a petition opposing his plan.
In a group e-mail to licensing officers at the council they said:
Whilst Bangla Bazaar [the name of Islam’s store] is a seemingly honourable shop retailer and employer, it cannot manage the problems that will emanate from the sale of alcohol.
But if Muslims don’t drink booze, WTF is the problem?
Apparently they are scared of being doused with the stuff.
Representatives of Gloucester Muslim Welfare Association explained in this report:
Members of the Muslim community have been targeted in the past with alcohol being hurled at them whilst on the way to the mosque. Granting an alcohol license to a shop a few doors down from the mosque, which is established almost 50 years, will not only cause us to be in an invidious position but will reflect adversely on the number of visitors coming to the mosque from out of the area, who see it as a place that sets social and moral standards.
Islam, who has been running the store for six years, said he was applying for the license so he could offer a better service.
We do a lot of different types of food, and I want to be able to cater for everyone. I want to start selling papers as well, to make it an all-round convenience store. With the supermarkets selling the same things as me, I need to look at other ways to keep the business going.
If it is an issue of crime and disorder I can understand, but they don’t know if it will have an effect. You can’t judge a book by its cover.
A special meeting of the city council’s licensing sub-committee was to discuss the the application at the end of last week, but the application was suddenly withdrawn.
Hmmm …There have been no reports of Islam receiving death threats, but if past Muslim outrage is anything to go by, there’s more than an outside chance that someone in the in Barton and Tredworth area may have suggested putting Mo to the sword, and his store to the flame.