Den lille historien fra Stockton ved Manchester sier det meste: Storbritannia er ved å bli et galehus. Et ektepar som driver en cafe, hvorav mannen er tyrkisk muslim, har fått klager fra naboen pga bacon-lukt. Det er hans muslimske gjester som sier de ikke tåler lukten. Nå har kommunale myndigheter tatt klagen til følge og ekteparet må gjøre noe, kanskje stenge.
Det dreier seg altså ikke om pommes frites-lukt, men spesifikt bacon dvs. gris, det urene dyret.
Planning officials acted against Beverley Akciecek, 49, after being told her next door neighbour’s Muslim friends had felt »physically sick» due to the »foul odour.»
The fan has been in Beverley’s Snack Shack takeaway in the Shaw Heath area of the town for the past three years.
And the mother-of-seven whose husband Cetin, 50, is himself a Turkish Muslim work more than fifty hours a week buying, preparing and cooking hot and cold sandwiches and hot-pots for their customers.
But neighbour Graham Webb-Lee complained that his Muslim friends refused to visit him becase they »can’t stand the smell of bacon.»
And councillors at Liberal Democrat run Stockport Council in Greater Manchester ruled the ‘odours given off from the vent were unacceptable for neighbouring residents.’
Mrs Akciecek who plans to appeal against the decision said, «I just think it’s just crazy. Cetin’s friends actually visit the shop, they’re regular visitors, they’re Muslim people, the come in a couple of times a week.
»I have Muslim people come in for cheese toasties. Cetin cooks the food himself, he cooks the bacon.
The couple took over the take-away on Adswood Road in Cale Green, Stockport, in 2007 from the previous owner and replaced the exisiting extractor fan, which had been there for six years, with a new modern one.
They claim they received no complaints about the cafe which is open from 7.30am-2.30pm six days a week, until around eighteen months ago when they received a letter from environmental services to say Mr Webb-Lee had complained about the smell.
Ingen klager på tre år, før plutselig noen finner ut at de vil gjøre et nummer ut av bacon-lukt. Og kommunen føyer seg. Den er forøvrig LibDem.
They say that Environmental services had been out to inspect their property after their neighbour complained about a foul odour last year, but they ruled that the smell was not causing a problem.
«Environmental services said everything is ok. They kept coming back and guaging it and said there was no problem and because they didn’t take any action they complained again,» she added.
The couple had never applied for planning permission as they had simply replaced an existing extractor fan with one of the same size and in the same position, but, following further complaints from their neighbour, they were informed by the council they would have to apply retrospectively as an objection had been raised.
They applied for planning permission in May this year, but the application was refused at a meeting of Stockport Area Committee on October 14. Mr Webb-Lee objected to the aplication – complained that his Muslim friends refused to visit him becase they »can’t stand the smell of bacon.»
Kommunen sier de vil påse at viften blir fjernet.
Cafe fan banned in case smell of bacon offends Muslims
A cafe owner was ordered to remove an extractor fan because the smell of her frying bacon offended passing Muslims.