FLASHBACK: Smell of bacon offends Muslims, store forced to take action to alleviate their “suffering”
Planning officials 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.
And the mother-of-seven whose husband Cetin, 50, is himself a Turkish Muslim work more than fifty hours a week buying, preparing and cooking hot and cold sandwiches and hot-pots for their customers.
But neighbour Graham Webb-Lee complained that his Muslim friends refused to visit him becase they ”can’t stand the smell of bacon.”
And councillors at Liberal Democrat run Stockport Council in Greater Manchester ruled the ‘odours given off from the vent were unacceptable for neighbouring residents.’
Mrs Akciecek who plans to appeal against the decision said, “I just think it’s just crazy. Cetin’s friends actually visit the shop, they’re regular visitors, they’re Muslim people, the 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.”
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