Smell of bacon gets up Muslims’ noses
A STOCKPORT cafÃ©-owner has been ordered to tear down an extractor fan – because the smell of her frying bacon “offends” Muslims.
According to this report, planning bosses acted against Beverley Akciecek, 49, after being told her next-door neighbour’s Muslim friends had felt “physically sick” due to the “foul odour”.
The fan has been in Beverley’s Snack Shack takeaway in the Shaw Heath area of the town for the past three years.
Mrs Akciecek and her husband Cetin, 50 – himself a Turkish Muslim – work more than 50 hours a week buying, preparing and cooking hot and cold sandwiches and hot-pots for their customers.
The mother-of-seven said she plans to appeal against the decision.
I just think it’s crazy. Cetin’s friends actually visit the shop, they’re regular visitors, they’re Muslim people, they come in a couple of times a week. I have Muslim people come in for cheese toasties. Cetin cooks the food himself, he cooks the bacon.
When we go to a cafe my husband wouldn’t be offended by the smell of bacon. His friends are not offended by it, we have three visitors who come here for a sandwich, friends of my husband, and the smell doesn’t offend them at all. My brother-in-law doesn’t flinch if he comes and we’ve just taken out three trays of bacon.
The couple took over the take-away in 2007 from the previous owner and replaced the existing extractor fan, which had been there for six years, with a new modern one.
They claim they received no complaints about the cafe which is open from 7.30am-2.30pm six days a week, until around 18 months ago when they received a letter from environmental services to say their neighbour Graham Webb-Lee had complained about the smell.
Mr Webb-Lee said:
The vent is 12 inches from my front door. Every morning the smell of bacon comes through and makes me physically sick. I have a lot of Muslim friends. They refuse to visit me anymore because they can’t stand the smell of bacon.
Hat tip: BarrieJohn