I would like to see a picture of the pizza that Dominoes allegedly served up to the Muslim woman just because they disliked her headscarf. The woman claims it was missing its crust, its cheese and "other ingredients." The only other ingredient left is the sauce. Did she really receive a box of tomato sauce?
The real furor arose after she complained to the store, and allegedly threatened to bomb it. That's when she was arrested. Then, as you can guess, CAIR (the Hamas/Muslim Brotherhood organization known as the Council for American Islamic Relations) jumped into the fray and sued the pizza shop. They want money, of course, for her medical bills and pain and suffering. What a ruckus over a box of sauce.
A customer complaint over a sloppy pizza is at the heart of a discrimination lawsuit filed in Polk county.
The plaintiff, a Muslim woman, claims the Domino's pizza manager wrongly accused her of threatening to blow the restaurant up.
Hakima Benaddi never imagined what would come from her pizza order in July of 2012.
“They take you, put you in handcuffs, take you to jail,” Benaddi said tearfully Thursday.
She wore her headscarf to the restaurant for the first time that visit to buy her typical veggie pie. She believes it made all the difference in how workers prepared the pizza.
“It was deformed, missing ingredients, it's missing crust,” said Thania Clevenger, Civil Rights Director of CAIR Florida.
When she went back to complain, an incident unraveled she said that changed her forever.
“When I complained- I went to the jail,” Benaddi explained.
The Davenport Domino's manager insisted Benaddi threatened to blow the place up.
The accusations led to Benaddi behind bars.
“That story damaged my life,” Benaddi said, adding she could not get a job for two months until the charge was eventually dropped.
Through the support of the Council on American Islamic Relations Florida, Benaddi is suing the former franchise owner and his company.
“We're going to see what a jury wants to reward for this but at this time we're asking for the medical damages she had- she went to the hospital,” Clevenger said.
The named defendant, Michael Jarvis, isn't in the pizza business anymore and didn't return messages Thursday.
Dominos spokesman Tim McIntyre told News Channel 8:
"Domino's Pizza, Inc. does not condone or tolerate discrimination of any kind against customers. The corporation itself is not a named defendant in the suit, as we had nothing to do with the incident that took place."
Still, the company played damage control on social media Thursday after the news broke, responding to angry tweets about the alleged incident.
A CAIR spokesperson said they wanted to bring the suit earlier but resources in the non-profit delayed them.
They tried to resolve it out of court with Domino's and the franchise owner, but were not met with the answers they wanted.