Muslim woman was in for a shock after she ordered a coffee for herself at a Starbucks barista in St. Paul, Minnesota in the United States on July 1 and received her cup with ‘ISIS’ written on it instead of her name. After the incident, Aishah has filed a discrimination charge against Target, which runs and operates the particular store.
ISIS, the acronym for the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, is a terrorist group, known for its fundamental beliefs which has carried out several terrorist attacks.
On the day of the incident, Aishah, who was wearing a face mask owing to the novel coronavirus pandemic, said that she had mentioned her name while placing her order.
“When she asked for my name, I slowly repeated it multiple times. There is absolutely no way she could have heard it as ISIS. Aishah is not an unknown name and I repeated it multiple times,” Aishah told CNN while speaking about the incident.
She was “overwhelmed” with emotions after seeing the cup and felt humiliated and a deep sense of indignity.
“The moment I saw it, I was overwhelmed with a lot of emotions. I felt belittled and so humiliated. This is a word that shatters the Muslim reputation all over the world. I cannot believe that in this day and age, something like this can be considered acceptable. It isn’t okay,” she added.
After receiving her order, Aishah asked for the manager but they dismissed the incident as a mistake. Instead, Aishah received a new drink and a USD 25 gift card.
Soon after, Target released a statement and said that it was “not a deliberate act”.
“We have investigated the matter and believe that it was not a deliberate act but an unfortunate mistake that could have been avoided with more clarification. We’re taking appropriate actions with the team member, including additional training, to ensure this does not occur again,” the statement said.
The Minnesota chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-MN) is representing Aishah. It filed a charge to the Minnesota Department of Human Rights on Monday.