What Horrible Thing Did This Muslim Couple Do To Get Kicked Out Of Innocent Congressman’s Subway Franchise?

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Manager's police sketch of the Subway couple What has Louisiana Congressman John Fleming been up to since that time he got all freaked out over The Onion’s Abortionplex, and that other time he explained he would have to fire errbody in the world because you did not expect him to be able to feed his family on $400,000 a year, did you? Oh, not much. And he still isn’t up to much. It is not like he personally is staffing the cash register at his Shreveport, Louisiana, Subway sandwich franchise, refusing to serve people in Musliny-wear. He’s a congressman, duh. He has people for that! And obviously, the Muslim couple who were refused service in his franchise weren’t refused service for being Muslim. That would be illegal. They must have done something … inappropriate. Dude, they were being totes inappropriate, said the franchise manager, waving an audio tape of the conversation, lasso-style, around his head, before declining to let anyone actually listen to the tape. Seems legit! After all, green is green. Why would anyone refuse service to someone just for being different, when there is cold hard muneez to be made?

So what do we think the couple in question was doing that was “inappropriate”?

  • Being Muslim.
  • Adhering to the Islamic faith.
  • Probably being Muslim, right?

[TPM, thanks to Wonket operative "Lisa Z"]

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201 comments

  1. Barbara_

    How ironic is this? Have you ever watched a Subway employee make a sandwich? They do it like they are trying to diffuse a bomb or something.

      1. Barbara_

        I hate Subway food and my husband likes it. That lingering yeast smell and taste from the bread is pretty gross.

        1. GhostBuggy

          Is that what that damn smell is? Whenever I go to Subway, I can smell it on my clothes all day. It's fucking weird.

          1. DemmeFatale

            Yes, it's that damn yeasty smell for their "bread."
            I'm an experienced baker, and no bread I've ever baked smelled like this.
            Plus, it gets hard when it cools.

            (BTW: that cranberry business from Thanksgiving makes a delicious filling for cookies when you drain it, (use the syrup for cocktails).

    1. Lot_49

      Ha ha, it's not ham. It's "ham," like all the cold cuts at Subway, which are remanufactured turkey parts whose exact names you wouldn't want to know.

  2. ProgressiveInga

    "So what do we think the couple in question was doing that was 'inappropriate'?"

    Breathing Jesus-y air?

  3. Texan_Bulldog

    So what do we think the couple in question was doing that was “inappropriate”?

    Well, for starters, they were a married couple in LA who weren't brother & sister first.

  4. natl_[redacted]_cmdr

    I am totally boycotting this Subway franchise. I actually have been my entire life seeing as I've never been to Shreveport. But still! Boycott!!1!

  5. elviouslyqueer

    To be fair, this happened in Shreveport, which is basically Arkansas with marginally better dental hygiene.

  6. arihaya

    The honorable Representative might be angry because the Muslins are clearly behind the establishment of Abortionplex.

        1. Guppy

          To the contrary: all the brain damage only encourages people to go through with a marriage!

          The later murder-suicides, on the other hand…

    1. Sassomatic

      This is North Louisiana, which is actually Arkansas, and full of Baptists that are always trying to tell the rest of us down "real" Louisiana we can't do stuff their Jesus Zombie does not like.

  7. BaldarTFlagass

    Not that I needed any more reasons to not eat at Shlubway. It's like a Deli, but for WASPs and white trash.

    1. calliecallie

      ZINGERMANN'S LIBEL!

      Any real deli would feel libeled by that sentence. And by real I mean not Schlotzky's or McAlister's or any other chain of so-called delis, but a REAL deli, nu?

  8. Hera Sent Me

    Dining while brown.

    Being different in a monotonous zone.

    Pronouncing "sandwich" with a guttural "w".

    Ululating without a permit.

    Asking if there was any pork in the chicken salad.

    Asking if there was any pork in the Pepsi.

    Suspicious lack of suspicious bulges.

    Asking do you have change for a 100 dinar note?

  9. ElPinche

    It's a Subway in the south. Anyone under 400 lbs not ordering party sized 8 footer and does not have shirtless kids running around with rickets flicking their lice into the deli bins is suspect of muslinism.

  10. actor212

    Can we ask Josh to correct that TPM headline?

    Calling *any* Subway shop a "restaurant" is demeaning to real restaurants like Chuck E Cheese and Pizza Hut.

    1. YouFail4eva

      Actor, do we need to stage an intervention regarding your dining habits? Join us at the Cheesecake Factory on Friday for talks!

      1. Mumbletypeg

        Agreed. Schlotzky's… when I used to work near one — had the best Thai personal pizza. Peanut sauce and carrots julienned on it, which sounded horrific til I actually tried it, became my favorite~

        1. BaldarTFlagass

          I don't know what it's like in other states, but the Schlotzky's here in TX make their own bread and it's the best I have ever had, and has been for the 35 years I've lived here.

      1. Texan_Bulldog

        We don't have a lot of sandwich shops here in Austin and very few delis–that I know of. The only two local sandwich shops I can think of are Delaware Subs & Thundercloud, both which are very good, but there are definitely more chains here. Mark Katz had a deli here for 31 years but they went bankrupt in 2010 so I assume he got his ass back to NYC.

        1. actor212

          Yea, I'm just busting your chops. I think Shlotzky's is opening in Jersey next year, which trends along with who actually shops at Subways and Quizno's (and Blimpie's) up here: commuters and kids.

          But you ever get up here, we have a sandwich at the Second Ave Deli with your name on it.

  11. BadKitty904

    They are pretty disgusting.

    We either go to our local Mom'n'Pop joint, which has been making the bestest subs since 1958, or to the Publix grocery deli counter, wh/ makes a mean sub for a reasonable price. These chain joints are mostly lame.

    1. Barbara_

      BadKitty, there is a bakery in Vegas called "Great Buns." i go there once a month and stock up on their sub rolls and make my own when I can. Now if I could just find somewhere around here that sells Tastykakes.

      1. BadKitty904

        I've never understood the point of Boar's head products – I've looked at the ingredients and they're no better than Publix's…

  12. MacRaith

    It was, of course, the Muslims who were discriminating against the congressman by attempting to eat in his restaurant. Obviously.

    1. Terry

      Northern Louisiana has more in common with Texas and Arkansas than it does with South Louisiana. Folks get humorless from about mid-State and northward.

      Fun fact. South Louisiana has a large, successful, and long established population of Arab people, mostly I think whose families immigrated from Lebanon. The Saloom family in particular has produced revered judges and a couple of crazy people who left indelible marks on Acadiana.

      1. elviouslyqueer

        I've always considered Alex the dividing line, although I do make allowances for Natchitoches.

        And funny that you mention the Saloom family. I always wondered how Kaliste Saloom, one of the biggest streets in Lafayette, got its name. Thanks for the trivia, Terry!

        1. Terry

          Two words: Cedar Grocery. Gawd I miss that place. One of my favorite lunch places in Lafayette, along with Olde Tyme Grocery (oyster po'boy) and Dwyer's (anything they're service, but OMG the catfish courtbouilon and the crawfish ettouffe are both amazing).

      2. DCBloom

        True! I lived in NOLA for years and had a number of Lebanese friends. There's also a great Lebanese restaurant named Mona's right outside of Jazz fest.

  13. Jus_Wonderin

    Shreveport, Louisiana

    Yes, I hang my head in shame. I put my tail between my legs. I slowly move toward the backdoor. Once open…the sound I make is not so much a scream as a howling plea to be freed from the legacy of my birth town.

    But hell, the farm is about 40 minutes out so…there's that.

  14. Terry

    Interestingly enough, most of my local Subway shops are owned and staffed by either Arab people or folks from Bangladesh. The behavior of the Shreveport manager should make the next meeting of Subway franchise holders a bit more perky than usual.

    1. finallyhappy

      I think Ethiopian guys work the one on 13th street- it is the only one I know. I'd pick up a sandwich for my son before his evening class at MC

    1. Chow Yun Flat

      Same in Detroit–the Subway closest to my home is run by Bengalis and the one on the way home from work is run by Iraqis, although here they are likely to be Chaldeans, Iraqi Christians, although in Louisiana I am sure they would be considered as Muslim as the Sharif of Mecca.

    1. YouFail4eva

      HAHAAHAAHA! Aw, you so funny, with your "ideas" that Republicans care about "ethics" or "conflicts of interest". Why do you hate capitalism, Lizzie? Why do you hate America? Are you a commie sympathizer?

  15. SayItWithWookies

    The manager's been on edge ever since he heard that al-Qaida had been caught a few years ago plotting to blow up the subway in New York, apparently unaware that there's a form of public transportation by the same name.

  16. Botlrokit

    When I read the article, I wondered how much of the story remains untold. Let's say — for a moment, please — that this was maybe an egregious misunderstanding, or single angry white employee, and weak-willed coworkers. If that's the case, then the arrogant door-locker should be fired, and Mr. Husain should get a big apology.

    Because, to be honest, I was more surprised to know Mr. Husain was patted down by Shreveport officers. That's what really shocked me, when reading the article.

  17. Botlrokit

    When I read the article, I wondered how much of the story remains untold. Let's say — for a moment, please — that this was maybe an egregious misunderstanding, or single angry white employee, and weak-willed coworkers. If that's the case, then the arrogant door-locker should be fired, and Mr. Husain should get a big apology.

    Because, to be honest, I was more surprised to know Mr. Husain was patted down by Shreveport officers. That's what really shocked me, when reading the article.

  18. Botlrokit

    When I read the article, I wondered how much of the story remains untold. Let's say — for a moment, please — that this was maybe an egregious misunderstanding, or single angry white employee, and weak-willed coworkers. If that's the case, then the arrogant door-locker should be fired, and Mr. Husain should get a big apology.

    Because, to be honest, I was more surprised to know Mr. Husain was patted down by Shreveport officers. That's what really shocked me, when reading the article.

  19. Botlrokit

    When I read the article, I wondered how much of the story remains untold. Let's say — for a moment, please — that this was maybe an egregious misunderstanding, or single angry white employee, and weak-willed coworkers. If that's the case, then the arrogant door-locker should be fired, and Mr. Husain should get a big apology.

    Because, to be honest, I was more surprised to know Mr. Husain was patted down by Shreveport officers. That's what really shocked me, when reading the article.

  20. YouFail4eva

    I can't wait for the federal discrimination lawsuit. Something tells me the Congressman is going to have to worry a lot more about his money than just "Being able to survive on $400,000 a year".

  21. commiegirl99

    Hey kids, do me a flavor. If you get an ad that autoplays a video (without your clicking on it first), please click through and then send me the url so we can murder it, ok?

    1. Jus_Wonderin

      "If you get an ad that autoplays a video"

      Anywhere on the Intertubez, Rebecca? Cuz I am getting annoy autoplay stuff from my usual Porn haunts. Can you murder that?

  22. Chet Kincaid_

    !
    You know, if he's serious about changing the party/running for President, he ought to get out there and condemn this, now that he has beaten Romney's post-election comments to death.

  23. BaldarTFlagass

    Murder it with votes, right? Aren't those the rules here? AM I THE ONLY ONE HERE WHO GIVES A SHIT ABOUT THE RULES??!?!

  24. BaldarTFlagass

    Is it just me or has the server slowed down to speeds approaching those of 1999? All my other webpages are acting normally.

    1. BaldarTFlagass

      Seems like the answer is "sorta." I'm really glad we got all the glitches for the server changeover sorted out over the long Thanksgiving weekend.

  25. Lot_49

    Alabama's still in the lead inn the xenophobia sweepstakes. Their police arrested the German manager of the BMW plant because he looked foreign and didn't have the right papers with him.

    And as if that weren't bad enough, they doubled down.

    1. IceCreamEmpress

      I am honestly shocked that they arrested a white dude for not having his passport. I kind of give props to those cops for actually following the stupid law instead of just being racist.

        1. PubOption

          There could be a problem if was of Turkish descent, he'd look white but have a name that looked a bit Muslimish.

  26. Isyaignert

    I have eaten at Subway all over the country and it's always been a good experience. One month ago, I was driving through Alabama from Texas to Florida and stopped at one for lunch. Big mistake.

    There was horrible country music blaring from shitty speakers, the girl behind the counter was a racist, the meat had mold on it and the lettuce was brown. I guess that's considered normal down there. I may never go back to a Subway again.

  27. Slim_Pickins

    Perhaps they asked if the meat was Halal. What a bigoted thing to ask. Isn't Mericun meat good enough for them?

  28. James Michael Curley

    I thought you meant Subway as in The Number 4 Line because scary looking Mooselims are the least of one's worries down there.

  29. teapartynyc2011

    Surprise surprise — the GOP, in the main, is still anti-immigrant. But liberals are just as bad by being agnostic-immigrant, i.e., like on issues such as executive (Obama) ordered targeted killing of Americans w/out any due process what-so-ever — see: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-HvEytKTkeo — liberals just aren't that into reforming govt. anti-immigrant policies:

    Last week the House passed the STEM Act, which would expand the number of visas for qualified applicants with advanced degrees in areas of need in the U.S. This common sense immigration reform is bipartisan and needed. Senator Cornyn and Rand Paul just attempted to have the bill brough up and passed in the Senate. This action was blocked by Senator Schumer and Senate Democrat

    See a true conservative argument for more immigation: http://reason.com/archives/2012/12/05/lets-open-t

    1. schvitzatura

      Talk to your forty-five y/o, non-Subcontinental, qualified and skills-teachable native displaced IT worker about STEM. Not likely to inspire high-fives and whatnot.

      But the STEM apologists say "But these people are creating jerbs over here, you must let more of them in, because if we don't the companies that are people, too, will not be competitive and America's hegemonic and economic future will haz a sad."

      There are some liberal quarters where jacking up H1B quotas and immigration reform ain't gonna fly any more. These constituencies have seen the result of technologies/services outsourcing for over the past twenty years. Amnesty for brown service workers but enough compromises have been made for the U.S. corporate IT industrial complex to lower the compensation rate for high-value positions that a nascent nonpartisan "American IT jerbs for "blut und boden" Americans" has started to coalesce.

      Schumer and Senate democrats know where to strategically expand their influence by supporting immigration reform in general, but must hold out tactically for native college-educated, qualified or qualifiable, mid-career IT non-equity workers. Not to do so is to loose grasp of key swing votes, even for socially liberal, yet economically pragmatic native workers. Corporations are engaged in a long-term campaign of labor arbitrage to erode salaries and benefits for high-value IT seats.

  30. Lazy Media

    That's IT! I am adding to the justifications for my current boycott of Subway (I currently boycott them because their food is not very good).

  31. ttommyunger

    I ate a Subway Sandwich once. I didn't shit for two days. No snark. I know this is TMI, but I am one regular dude. Never again!

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