A Muslim-American woman was kicked out of a bank in the US for wearing a hijab. Staff threatened to call police if she did not ‘remove her hood’.
Jamela Mohammad had gone into a branch of Sound Credit Union in Washington State to make a car payment.
An American and a member of the credit union, recorded the incident on her mobile phone, claiming it shows brutal ‘discrimination’.
She said she had been wearing a sweater and had the hood up because it was a Friday, which is when Muslims offer weekly prayers in the afternoon.
A sign inside the credit union says hats, hoods and sunglasses are not allowed
Mohammad said she was following the policy so she went to her car to grab her hijab. She went back in with her scarf, still wearing her hood.
While she was waiting, Mohammad says she took some video of the sign and of two male customers wearing baseball caps because they were being helped without any issues.
“Why am I witnessing a man being serviced with a hat on and I’m being told to take off my hood?” she asked.
“This is my hood. My face is showing and so I currently do have an issue today. I’m being polite, I’m complying. I simply stated that I just need to pay my car note today” She said.
When a credit union supervisor approached her, Mohammad took cell phone video showing the branch supervisor counting to three and then saying she was going to call 911.
“I didn’t even get to utter a word,” Mohammad said.
That’s right after the supervisor told her to remove her hijab. “You have to take your hood off!” said the woman in the video.
Mohammad was left in tears after being allegedly kicked out of the bank. “I feel so embarrassed right now,” she said.
Sharing the video of her ordeal on Facebook, she wrote: “I never want this to happen to anybody and NOBODY should ever be treated this way”