SEEMS LEGIT  9:45 am December 7, 2012

Rep. John Fleming: Couple Kicked Out Not For Being Muslim But For Messing Up Bathroom, Having Ties To Terrorists

by Rebecca Schoenkopf

Obviously you believe this guy. Did the Husains have an American flag behind them? We don't think so! Congressman John Fleming has had it up to here with your nonsense about the Muslim couple kicked out of his Shreveport franchise. They were not kicked out for being Muslim. They were kicked out for using the bathroom too long, scaring other customers (by being Muslim), and having ties to terrorism. Not for being Muslim at all.

It is really unfair to just take the Muslimy couple’s word for it that Mr. Mohammad Husain and his wife, Talat, were kicked out of a Subway franchise owned by Rep. John Fleming just for being scary Muslims. Why would you take the word of some strangers over the word of a man waving around a video of the encounter that he won’t let you see?

The congressman, who owns dozens of Subways in the state, said Mohammad Husain’s allegation that an employee asked about his religion was untrue and a security video proves it.

“She never asked if he was Muslim. That’s simply not true, and the audio and video supports it,” Fleming told the paper. “It really seems to me he was trying to provoke a reaction and only asked to eat after he’d provoked a reaction.”

Great, can we see the video please, Honorable Mr. Fleming? That would just make this whole thing very easy to settle.

Fleming said there was no current plan to release the security video because it could give the Husains extra information if they choose to sue.

Oh.

He also suggested the Husains could have “political reasons” for their actions and said the Council on American-Islamic Relations, which publicized the couple’s complaints, had “nefarious connections” and ties to Hamas.

We’ll just leave that there then.

[TPM]

 

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Monsieur_Grumpe December 7, 2012 at 9:47 am

I don't trust people who buy their hair at Wal-Mart. Does that make me a bigot?

kyeshinka December 7, 2012 at 9:53 am

No more than it makes me a wine snob because I don't think a box of Peter Vella is the best Christmas gift.

Esteev December 7, 2012 at 11:01 am

Actually, I think it does… Sorry. *Hic*

One_who_wanders December 7, 2012 at 9:58 am

No, just sensible.

actor212 December 7, 2012 at 10:31 am

It makes you one up on Trump who apparently got HIS Wal-Mart hair 80% off!

CrunchyKnee December 7, 2012 at 10:38 am

That shit is bullet proof.

a_pink_poodle December 7, 2012 at 12:47 pm

HILLBILLY LIBEL!!!

StillGoinGreen December 7, 2012 at 12:49 pm

That's Target Supercenter hair. The Walmart hair still has the chin strap.

Not_So_Much December 7, 2012 at 9:48 am

What's the big deal? I'll bet the bathrooms at all his restaurants see a lot of action.

PugglesRule December 7, 2012 at 12:30 pm

The bathrooms at Subway at least are cleaner than the ones at Wendy's. I swear the women's restroom at every Wendy's in my city is moldy.

criticaldragon December 7, 2012 at 3:20 pm

PugglesRule,

The men's room is usually very clean at the Wendy's near where I live, and so the one the Subway closest to my house. However there's another Subway in my neighborhood that doesn't even have a bathroom. Actually most of them that I've been to, don't have one. I don't know how they're able to do that. There must be one for the employees at least.

ph7 December 7, 2012 at 9:50 am

The video proves my innocence.
No, you can't see the video. Next question!

NellCote71 December 7, 2012 at 9:59 am

Kind of like "I pay my fair share of taxes. No, you can't see my returns."

Tommmcatt_Again December 7, 2012 at 10:10 am

Dick? Dick Cheney? Is that you?

OneDollarJuana December 7, 2012 at 10:27 am

You laugh, but this is exactly the way our "justice" system will work if you are arrested as a "terrorist". When you ask for the evidence against you, you will be told that it is classified, and you can't see it.

Mumbletypeg December 7, 2012 at 9:50 am

I've been accused of dropping some "bombs" while in public restrooms but sheesh, they didn't go so far as to label me "TERRIST!!1!" cause after all, we're only human.

AutomaticPilot December 7, 2012 at 10:18 am

Especially a Subway bathroom. With the crap they serve, what do they expect?

actor212 December 7, 2012 at 10:40 am

And they were chemical weapons, too!

e_z December 7, 2012 at 1:38 pm

Phew-trons?

Barbara_ December 7, 2012 at 9:51 am

Imagine how long they would have been in the bathroom had they eaten a Subway sammie first.

ttommyunger December 7, 2012 at 10:53 am

They could be in there for days and not pass one of those Colon-Blocking Breadburgers.

Tundra Grifter December 7, 2012 at 1:39 pm

I was thinking the same thing! Maybe a two-day-old sub "provoked a reaction?"

drbill0620 December 7, 2012 at 9:41 pm

That's the point – ever-body knows that their food gives ya terrible gas…

ManchuCandidate December 7, 2012 at 9:51 am

Subway: Eat That Muslins!

freakishlywrong December 7, 2012 at 9:51 am

Louisiana. Arizona on the Bayou.

PugglesRule December 7, 2012 at 12:31 pm

I grew up there. Yeah, it's always been that way :(

Vecchiojohn December 7, 2012 at 9:51 am

A guy who owns fast food places being a dickhead? Now I've heard everything.

AutomaticPilot December 7, 2012 at 10:18 am

Wait until you hear his 5-5-5 plan.

scorpy1 December 7, 2012 at 10:24 am

Agreed; It's almost unbelievable as someone suckling the teat of franchising thinking that they're visionary job creators.

freakishlywrong December 7, 2012 at 9:53 am

Fleming said there was no current plan to release the security video because it could give the Husains extra information if they choose to sue.

Wait, whut?

weejee December 7, 2012 at 9:59 am

Litigation hold / do not destroy noticed served-up ready to eat to Louisiana Subway connard in 3, 2, 1….

One_who_wanders December 7, 2012 at 9:59 am

See that proves he is innocent! Because . . . .

PugglesRule December 7, 2012 at 12:31 pm

Because not Muslin?

Lizzietish81 December 7, 2012 at 10:01 am

Its the winning strategy used by Mitt Romney during the campaign on his tax records.

Maman December 7, 2012 at 10:27 am

Apparently Congressman Fleming hasn't heard of a little legal ploy called "discovery".

Guppy December 7, 2012 at 11:00 am

Maybe it's some weird French Civil Code thing down there.

Troubledog December 7, 2012 at 9:55 am

Longer Rep Fleming: The problem started when they ignored the signs and used the whites only restroom in my Subway. We have clearly marked restroom options and each customer is entrusted to choose the most appropriate comfort station. The fact that these signs are visible in my surveillance video is of no import. These brown people are in the wrong and owe me an apology.

kyeshinka December 7, 2012 at 10:01 am

Here's where it gets tricky. Hypothetically, what if you have a fairer Muslim family from Algeria or Bosnia visiting your restaurant, instead of your more swarthy variety from places like Yemen or Bangladesh, which restroom would they use? If Louisiana is ever to join the 21st century, someone needs to be thinking of these things.

Lizzietish81 December 7, 2012 at 10:03 am

Or one of those Muslims from Indonesia, I mean Asians are practically white right?

MacRaith December 7, 2012 at 9:56 am

Hey, dumbass. If they plan to sue, they'll just get a subpoena for the video, and you'll have to hand it over. And if you erase it beforehand so that they can't subpoena it, that's obstruction of justice. Care to dig your hole any deeper? I'll loan you a shovel.

SigDeFlyinMonky December 7, 2012 at 10:09 am

Apparently he's already using a back hoe.

freakishlywrong December 7, 2012 at 10:22 am

These assholes are born shovel ready, Mac.

BaldarTFlagass December 7, 2012 at 9:57 am

I think the Muslims practically take a bath after they use the toilet, and I imagine that the Subway didn't have a footbath in their restroom, so that part may be legit.

memzilla December 7, 2012 at 10:00 am

Does Rep. Fleming [R-Gilded Age] know that his car runs on Mooslim gasoline?

GoodDogThor December 7, 2012 at 10:01 am

Does he have "political reasons" for being a douchebag? Nevermind, he's a Republican congressman which makes the question moot.

Lizzietish81 December 7, 2012 at 10:02 am

I know I asked this in the previous article on this but…isn't a Congressman owning a major franchise shady? Like conflict of interest shady?

OneYieldRegular December 7, 2012 at 10:21 am

Someone will need to check his votes to see if he's always supporting suspicious subsidies for processed meat by-products.

not that Dewey December 7, 2012 at 10:43 am

Well, he's not one of the Beefstate Governors, but he could be on the take.

PugglesRule December 7, 2012 at 12:32 pm

Nah, that's how he got rich. That's probably his main qualification for running for office.

Aridzona December 7, 2012 at 10:04 am

They should have opted for the foot long Q'uran at Quiznos.

YouFail4eva December 7, 2012 at 10:04 am

Well, this is a complete game changer. I never expected that a crazy tea-partier would accuse a couple of being terrorists just because they are muslim.

Say, you know who else accused an entire ethnicity of being terrorists?

TootsStansbury December 7, 2012 at 10:10 am

Dubya?

BaldarTFlagass December 7, 2012 at 10:21 am

Rep. Peter King?

BadKitty904 December 7, 2012 at 10:40 am

The Republican Party?

actor212 December 7, 2012 at 10:47 am

Gen'l Custer?

HistoriCat December 7, 2012 at 10:52 am

The Bible?

MosesInvests December 7, 2012 at 11:45 am

Henry Ford?

Lizzietish81 December 7, 2012 at 10:05 am

Walt Disney?

Vecchiojohn December 7, 2012 at 10:06 am

Does this mean we can't expect the falafel and honey mustard to be the sandwich o' the month any time soon?

el_donaldo December 7, 2012 at 10:07 am

Maybe Fleming stays awake late at night actually concerned that terrorists are going to bomb his sandwich place because they mistake it for an real subway station. The stress will get to you after a while.

T3rbo December 7, 2012 at 10:07 am

Come on, this has happened to me dozens of times at subway.
"Let me get a footlong meatball sub."
"Hold on, let me take a look at the bathroom first."
"Oh, hell…"
"How long were you in there for? You left a paper towel on the floor…"
"Oh, man, I didnt know there was a timer!"
"NO SUB FOR YOU! GET OUT!!!"

Sassomatic December 7, 2012 at 10:07 am

There they go again, wanting special privileges.

Goonemeritus December 7, 2012 at 10:08 am

I did get frisked by the Swiss Guard at St. Peter’s Basilica once but I have never been thrown out of any fast food franchise.

Vecchiojohn December 7, 2012 at 10:14 am

How did you like it? I've heard they give a damn fine frisking at St. Pete's.

Goonemeritus December 7, 2012 at 10:22 am

No it was a pretty joyless technology focused affair.

Guppy December 7, 2012 at 11:02 am

No tip, then?

drbill0620 December 7, 2012 at 9:44 pm

Yes – but did they take you into a secret catacomb to do the job?? I'd give that a try…

Lizzietish81 December 7, 2012 at 10:09 am

I messed up a restroom once, and it was because I was a filthy pagan.

Literally, my sister and I were coming back from a camping trip celebrating the festival of Beltane which was on a particularly muddy early May weekend. I went to the bathroom to pee and saw I was still muddy so I started cleaning myself…and well then there was mud all over the bathroom so I tried cleaning that, but then more of the mud on my skin drizzled off and well, long story short they had it coming because they were serving "Freedom Fries" because the French were being mean to us over bombing Iraq or something.

Terry December 7, 2012 at 10:11 am

"He also suggested the Husains could have “political reasons” for their actions"

Political reasons for going into a Subway and trying to order sandwiches?

bikerlaureate December 7, 2012 at 11:38 am

Will Chick-Fil-A try pushing that hypothetical to bar atheists and smelly hippies?

SigDeFlyinMonky December 7, 2012 at 10:12 am

They really tipped their hand when they asked if the nutria club sandwich was halal.

secanonymous December 7, 2012 at 10:12 am

A Muslim couple walks into a Subway and…

/your move

YouFail4eva December 7, 2012 at 10:55 am

Ask for a veggie sub. After adding mayo and mustard, they have the sub toasted, pay for it, and quietly leave with no further complications.

…I didn't do it right, huh?

drbill0620 December 7, 2012 at 9:49 pm

Have wild sex and scream obscenities in a foreign tongue – upsetting all of the sammich eaters who run to the bathroom to puke only to find it "occupied."

T3rbo December 7, 2012 at 10:13 am

As usual, the comments on the article referenced are pretty good. The problem that the lamestream media that Wonkette represents is that it does not mention what the commentors picked up on-the problem is that the Subway Muslim non-customers were trying to implement the dreaded Sharia law

Guppy December 7, 2012 at 11:04 am

Wonkett is now "mainstream media?"

Jesus wept.

T3rbo December 7, 2012 at 11:23 am

Yes, Wonkette is mainstream media and Sharia law is a creeping threat. Also, Romney won the election but blacks stole it from him, and the Mossad did 9/11

deanbooth December 7, 2012 at 10:13 am

Now I know what to get my brother in law for Xmas, a Hamas tie!

not that Dewey December 7, 2012 at 10:15 am

♫ Five Dollar Witch Hunt ♫

YouFail4eva December 7, 2012 at 10:29 am

Are you kidding me? The only subs that are worth it for five bucks are the meatball. Everything else is at least 6.75. Besides, a witch hunt is a premium thing man. It's at least 8.75

An_Outhouse December 7, 2012 at 10:16 am

You can get falafel and goat meat at Subway?

eggsacklywright December 7, 2012 at 10:35 am

With a side of Hamas hummus.

actor212 December 7, 2012 at 10:39 am

Hamadahummada

larrykat December 7, 2012 at 10:17 am

By some trick of fate, I happen to know several people (well, 4) that own small-ish chains of national fast food franchises, including Subway, and in another case McDonalds. Another has a few Hardee's. And by another trick of fate, they are all douchebags. Strange.

Guppy December 7, 2012 at 11:04 am

They're contractually bound to be douchebags, it's in the franchise agreement.

Baconzgood December 7, 2012 at 10:18 am

Uh….there's no audio on security tapes. Try again.

glamourdammerung December 7, 2012 at 10:24 am

It is unlikely (because most folks are not going to spend the dough for a fast food shop), but there are setups that do audio and video for security videos. Though I suspect either they are bluffing here or outright lying about how innocent the store employee was given that they are refusing to release this evidence.

Maybe they are waiting to seeing if O'Keefe can get his probation officer to let him come down there (or simply ignore his probation again)?

Guppy December 7, 2012 at 11:05 am

But I'm sure there's audio from the cameras in the womens' restroom.

Joshua Norton December 7, 2012 at 10:18 am

They were kicked out for using the bathroom too long

Cletus: Hey Billy Joe Bob. Sez here they were in the bathroom too long.
Billy Joe Bob: What's a bathroom?
Cletus: How the hell should I know. I ain't Muslin.

elviouslyqueer December 7, 2012 at 10:20 am

Fleming said Mohammad Husain spread a blanket and trinkets on the ground of the parking lot and that the 63-year-old might have been trying to pray. A female employee thought his behavior was odd, believed he might have been a vagabond and asked him to leave, according to Fleming.

Right. Because praying before tucking in to a restaurant meal is totally and completely unheard of, especially in the South.

Maman December 7, 2012 at 10:35 am

If you can't be odd in a parking lot, where exactly can you?

actor212 December 7, 2012 at 10:38 am

Y'know, I had the feeling, once this story came out, that this was the real reason: the husband probably realized it was time to pray, went outside while his wife washed up for prayers (thus explaining the long time, since normally Subway employees don't bother washing and neither do the patrons) so when he set out the mats for prayers, they locked the doors thinking he was about to bomb the place.

That would explain (altho not excuse) the police pat-down, if they had any inkling the guy might be armed.

Monsieur_Grumpe December 7, 2012 at 10:22 am

I'm eating better these days because I boycott establishments that do offensive shit like this.
The only fast-food establishment left is Rat-in-a-Box

glamourdammerung December 7, 2012 at 10:22 am

Saying that you can not realize a video because it will give a person something that they can sue you over sort of contradicts claiming that the exact same video vindicates you.

larrykat December 7, 2012 at 10:24 am

Screw you and the logic you rode in on.

YouFail4eva December 7, 2012 at 10:30 am

SEXYTIME!

actor212 December 7, 2012 at 10:36 am

And its on video!

BaldarTFlagass December 7, 2012 at 10:23 am

I just can't get my panties in too much of a twist about this. It's fucking Louisiana!! What would you expect?

YouFail4eva December 7, 2012 at 10:30 am

Basic decent humanity, civility and respect? It ain't like I'm asking for much.

FakaktaSouth December 7, 2012 at 10:44 am

You know what I am confused about? Why would ANYONE eat in a Subway ever, but PARTICULARLY in Louisiana? Say what you will about the terrible parts of the place, but good lord the food is NOT one of those parts. I love love love to go to Louisiana just to eat and eat and eat. Of course I am used to redneck teatarded morons so I don't notice them.

BaldarTFlagass December 7, 2012 at 10:52 am

Yeah, but we're not talking about the epicenter of Acadian cuisine here, we're talking about Shreveport, where the primary generator of culture is the local nuclear bomber base. The morons, of course, are just part of the landscape.

FakaktaSouth December 7, 2012 at 11:02 am

Yeah, I get it. And at least the last time I was there, Shreveport is in a dry county. Nevermind, fuck the whole place.

BaldarTFlagass December 7, 2012 at 10:24 am

Well, if those connections are nefarious, now that's a different story.

Blueb4sinrise December 7, 2012 at 10:41 am

needz moar ILK!!!!!!!

actor212 December 7, 2012 at 10:29 am

So he's not going to release a video that their attorneys would easily get on a subpoena, because they might sue if the tape was released?

Idiot.

HistoriCat December 7, 2012 at 10:56 am

But if they haven't sued yet he can just delete that tape.

criticaldragon December 7, 2012 at 3:17 pm

HistoriCat,

Which will only give us more reason to be suspicious, along with him spouting that CAIR supports terrorists, which is a common claim in the anti Muslim "counter Jihad" movement. If Congressman John Fleming does that actually going to make it look like he's covering it up, and most likely he will be.

Guppy December 7, 2012 at 11:07 am

He's a Congressman, he can't be expected to understand law.

criticaldragon December 7, 2012 at 3:12 pm

Guppy,

I have a feeling you're joking, but if he's a congressmen, he really should understand the law.

FakaktaSouth December 7, 2012 at 10:30 am

"He also suggested the Husains could have “political reasons” for their actions and said the Council on American-Islamic Relations, which publicized the couple’s complaints, had “nefarious connections” and ties to Hamas."

So because a paper this dude says has "ties to Hamas" (they do not) reported on the story, now the couple are tied to Hamas as well? That is amazing and also means since Wonkette reported on this story, the good Rep Fleming now has ties to some nefarious buttsecks, atheists and liberals out the ying yang, yes? Nice.

actor212 December 7, 2012 at 10:36 am

And those cakes we like.

BaldarTFlagass December 7, 2012 at 10:38 am

And ponies.

MosesInvests December 7, 2012 at 11:51 am

And manga she-demons.

YouFail4eva December 7, 2012 at 10:58 am

Nefarious buttsecks. Is that better or worse than invidious buttsecks? I can never tell the difference.

Botlrokit December 7, 2012 at 10:34 am

And, just coincidentally, Catholics tortured millions. What's your goddamn point, Fleming?

BadKitty904 December 7, 2012 at 10:41 am

Nice toupee. What's it's name?

SayItWithWookies December 7, 2012 at 10:45 am

He also suggested the Husains could have “political reasons” for their actions and said the Council on American-Islamic Relations, which publicized the couple’s complaints, had “nefarious connections” and ties to Hamas.

That so? I kow for a fact that Congressman John Fleming has ties to an organization that authorized the invasion of a completely sovereign country and the murder of 600,000 innocent men, women and children for no damn reason at all.

smellypossum December 7, 2012 at 10:47 am

Howdy Doody is all growed up and even became a congresscritter.

And a shithead.

fuflans December 7, 2012 at 10:51 am

i'm beginning to think small business owners are well, sorta assholes.

but maybe that's just me?

gullywompr December 7, 2012 at 10:52 am

Hey, after what happened to the Subways in London, what congressman wouldn't be extra vigilant?

YouFail4eva December 7, 2012 at 10:57 am

London! It's Europe, Socialism, and shit.

Besides, you think this yahoo is even aware that other countries exist? Or that shit happened in them?

arihaya December 7, 2012 at 10:52 am

The congressman, who owns dozens of Subways in the state, said Mohammad Husain’s allegation that an employee asked about his religion was untrue and a security video proves it.

Mohammad Husain
Saddam Husein
Barack HUSEIN Obama

coincidence? I think not !

YouFail4eva December 7, 2012 at 10:57 am

Yes, who would have thought that a common name in the Islamic faith would have been shared by so many people. I mean, what are the odds?

widestanceromance December 7, 2012 at 10:54 am

I'm outraged that this man sells halaal food to begin with, because that's how sharia law starts, with food, and next thing you know, you're gay-marrying your dog wearing organic cotton to avoid going to FEMA prison.

Also.

christianmuslin December 7, 2012 at 11:00 am

Representative Fleming should check the career opportunities section at the Heritage Foundation. They are in need of some new ideas…

mavenmaven December 7, 2012 at 11:07 am

Before long they'll be demanding that felafel be served in Subways, and before you know it, everyone will be eating muslin food. Fleming is just fighting against sharia law and for the great murican tradition of nasty death hastening obesity products.

SigDeFlyinMonky December 7, 2012 at 11:49 am

What if the food is on a stick? Satay, shishkabob… SHARIA! This makes corn dogs a gateway sharia food!

DahBoner December 7, 2012 at 11:08 am

they left a mess in the bathroom

Oh shit….

pinkocommi December 7, 2012 at 11:20 am

The Husains weren't discriminated against because they are Muslim. They were discriminated against because they are brown and Muslim.

bikerlaureate December 7, 2012 at 11:39 am

Did Editrixito do something particularly bad, to end up as a big ol' banner ad?

sullivanst December 7, 2012 at 11:49 am

We all know that the ties they have to turrurrsts is that they're Muslim.

Biff December 7, 2012 at 11:58 am

I've heard of a sekrit Subway Halal menu, but not in Louisiana…

StillGoinGreen December 7, 2012 at 1:07 pm

She didn't call them Muslimy fucking Muslims a bunch of scary fucking Muslims! And if you think she did, you are all a bunch of Muslimy fucking Muslim Terrorists!!

Slim_Pickins December 7, 2012 at 1:09 pm

That's links to tourism, John, tourism not terrorism. They are the Michelin inspectors for fast food chains. You blew it.

criticaldragon December 7, 2012 at 3:10 pm

Who is John Fleming kidding? Even if he hadn't come out with the long debunked "Hamas Linked CAIR" meme, why should we trust him when he won't release the video that he claims would vindicate his employees?

BZ1 December 7, 2012 at 4:20 pm

Just release the video instead of making up more malarkey.

Left_Leftie December 7, 2012 at 5:58 pm

They "left a big mess" in a BATHROOM . . . . .at a roadside Subway.
Yeah that happened.

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