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09/19/2009 10:13 AM ID: 80775 Permalink   

Jedi Knight Takes on Tesco


Supermarket giant Tesco faces accusations of religious discrimination following an incident where a man was ordered to remove his hood while in a Tesco store in North Wales and is now threatening to sue the supermarket.

The man, Daniel Jones, who is the founder of the International Church of Jediism, based on the popular Star Wars movies, claims the hood is part of his religion and told reporters he was intimidated by Tesco staff to remove the hood.

Jones claims the three most famous Jedis - Yoda, Luke Skywalker and Obi-Wan Kenobi - all appeared in public without their hoods and that "If Jedi walk around our stores with their hoods on, they'll miss lots of special offers."

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I love the response that Tesco gave. I am assuming it is a regular grocery store like a Krogers or Albertsons.
  by: TaraB     09/19/2009 10:16 AM     
Now that's nerd-ism gone too far. Fiction shouldn't leak that much into your reality.

Yeah, you know where I'm going with that last sentence....
  by: The Mad Mule   09/19/2009 10:22 AM     
  by: Mafia2020     09/19/2009 11:51 AM     
Nice comeback by Tesco.

@TaraB: I'd say Tesco is pretty much the UK equivalent of Wal-Mart now (Even though we do actually have Wal-Marts, they're just called ASDA instead), it's probably the biggest supermarket chain in the UK, and the "Tesco Extra" stores are massive and do pretty much everything and anything.
  by: sprog   09/19/2009 02:06 PM     
The response from the store was epic.
  by: deadvenusblue     09/19/2009 03:22 PM     
Also, Tesco stores are called Fresh & Easy in the states.
  by: o9k   09/19/2009 05:38 PM     
Fresh & Easy ... would say college girl, but I think they lost their freshness by the end of highschool... lol
  by: thecoolh   09/19/2009 06:24 PM     
think the Tesco has truth in that the customers have to go around without any hoods on because they can see what an abundant things there are there.
  by: vizhatlan     09/19/2009 09:03 PM     
Obviously the guy is a dork but since when do store employees get to tell you how to dress.
  by: VermiciousG     09/19/2009 09:08 PM     
  Oh god.....  
Is it bad that I know this person in real life and am embarrassed for that reason? I live in the same town as him.
  by: Exile252   09/19/2009 09:54 PM     
Well next time he comes over for an all night D&D game tell him we all said Hi.
  by: VermiciousG     09/19/2009 10:03 PM     
It's pretty common for supermarkets, liquor stores, convenience stores, etc to disallow the wearing of hoods in the store, for security purposes. Not sure about the UK, but I don't think this would work in the US, since we can refuse service to anybody, for any reason.

I'm curious now, how do they handle muslim women? Or are they not allowed in grocery stores?
  by: PeddlerOfFlesh   09/20/2009 02:16 AM     
  Got it  
Thank you sprog. I was imagining a smaller type grocery store.

Peddler-If you read the replies on the source there was a lot of debate with that same question. I don't know of they removed any or not, but it was getting quite heated when I was reading them. I don't know how one could institute an all out ban on headgear without removing everything including caps, hats and habits.
  by: TaraB     09/20/2009 03:39 AM     
that the guy was asked to remove his hood, that being said tesco's response was great.
Here in Australia, i can't remember ever being told to take of my sunnies, hat or hoodie.
Wait... there was one time, i went to go into a place called bourbon bar in surfers paradise, i was wearing my gangsta hat, the bouncer told me to take it off... that wasn't going to happen so i just went to the bar next door.
  by: shiftyfarker   09/20/2009 06:13 AM     
  It's Obi-Wan Kenobi...  
emphasis on the "i" at the end of Kenobi. It's not Kenob. You have offended my religion of Propoperspellingofmovienamesism. I shall sue! Because that's what religions do right?!
  by: zirschky     09/20/2009 03:02 PM     
you are right in that the suff are not allowed to deal with the customers how they are dressed but if the cloth is dirty then the customer is rightfully banned.
  by: vizhatlan     09/20/2009 05:42 PM     
  it went down a little something like this:  
[Daniel backs accidentally backs into a large oafish zit faced teenager, who begins to make guttural noises and move about in what could be described as awkwardly frantic]
Clerk 1: [explaining] He doesn't like you.
Daniel: Sorry.
Clerk 1: I don't like you either. You just watch yourself. We're wanted men. I have the death sentence on twelve systems.
Daniel: I'll be careful.
Clerk 1: You'll be dead!
Assistant Manager: No blasters! No blasters!
Daniel pulls out a lightsaber and cleaves off an arm.
  by: djskagnetti     09/21/2009 06:30 AM     
omg, hahahaha
can we sticky?
  by: thedeeder   09/21/2009 06:55 PM     
  Is Jones the owner or is Jones the Jedi?  
Paragraph 2 says Jones is the founder of Jediism and then in Paragraph 3 it says Jones says Jedi appear in public without their hoods and should not wear the hoods because they'll miss special offers.
So is Jones both the owner of Tesco AND the founder of Jediism? If not who is this other Jones character?
  by: shaohu     09/22/2009 01:00 PM     
  I'm guna join... I wana use the force  
Nice, so do they swear the Star Wars trilogy or the complete collection? I do believe that Star Wars had a better action scenes then the bible.
  by: sour4d20     09/23/2009 08:52 PM     
I think we have enough religions. The last thing we need is a new one.
  by: coteyr2   09/23/2009 11:54 PM     
  @verm and tara  
I think its to deter shoplifters. Hoods are good for concealing your identity. A baseball cap isn't or a fedora is much less effective. Especially for cameras.
  by: jonnysodoff   09/24/2009 12:51 AM     
  @verm and tara  
I think its to deter shoplifters. Hoods are good for concealing your identity. A baseball cap isn't or a fedora is much less effective. Especially for cameras.
  by: jonnysodoff   09/24/2009 12:51 AM     
If it's not covering my face then they don't get to tell me to take it off. They may have the right to refuse to do business with me but then I have the right to take potentially thousands of dollars of my business somewhere else. Although it's just silly to sue over it.
  by: VermiciousG     09/24/2009 01:43 AM     
  Error in third paragraph  
It should read "Tesco claims". Jones did not say this.
  by: Eidron   09/28/2009 01:32 PM     
You are missing the point. Why would a Jedi need to go into the store? Can't they move things with their minds? Hell, Yoda lifted a jet out of a swamp, and he wasn't wearing a hood at the time. Can't this guy just sit outside and have a shopping cart move through the store getting his things for him? What a lame Jedi.
  by: nephew     09/29/2009 06:31 PM     
You see those little things by the door that beep when you leave some times. Those are Jedi-Power neturilizers. All his mind tricks and force move thingies and that cool electric ball hand blast thing didn't work because he walked through the Jedi Power neturalizers.
  by: coteyr2   09/29/2009 07:59 PM     
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