Lunacy reached new heights when a chef working for Sainsbury’s refused to serve a customer with black pudding in the store’s café.
According to this report, Alan MacKay has received an apology from the supermarket giant which confirmed that the chef, employed at its Nottingham café, was a Jehovah’s Witness who would not serve black pudding on religious grounds because it was a “blood product”.
MacKay had popped into the store’s café in Arnold, Nottingham, for breakfast after dropping his wife off at work.
MacKay said he was “really cheesed off” to be told he couldn’t have his breakfast favourite.
According to Ask.com, Jehovah’s Witnesses:
Only have one dietary restriction; they cannot consume blood. They thus cannot eat raw meat, extremely rare meat, or dishes made out of blood products, such as black pudding, blood soup or blood sausage. Aside from that, Jehovah’s Witnesses eat whatever they desire.
Nowhere could I find anything that says cult members cannot refuse to prepare or serve black pudding.
MacKay said he was given a full refund by the store, and that he returned home to make his own breakfast of crumpets, egg and beans.
I know it’s only black pudding but it’s a proper northern British dish. I won’t have people telling me that I can’t have it when I was really looking forward to it. Sainsbury’s employed her as a chef and it was on the menu, you can’t then turn around and say I’m not cooking it for religious reasons. Black pudding is a traditional British thing and I’m fed up of us losing our identity.
A spokeswoman for the company said there had been a mix-up between the two kitchen staff and another worker had misunderstood the chef who asked them to prepare the black pudding.
The Commission had begun an investigation after reports came to light of a shocking incident in the New Moston Congregation of the Jehovah’s Witnesses, where survivors of child sexual abuse were forced to confront their abuser face to face in a closed off religious court.
It was alleged that, far from this being a one-off incident by a rogue congregation, this in fact reflected the standard practice of all Jehovah’s Witness congregations across the UK, under guidelines handed down and enforced by their parent organisation, The Watchtower Bible and Tract Society.
Hat tip: Angela_K (black pudding report)