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A BBC reporter has hit out after an alleged anti-Muslim attack spectacularly failed.
Manpreet Mellhi, who works for BBC Radio Gloucestershire, was shopping in Sainsbury’s when she saw two people standing nearby and laughing.
She then found that two packets of pork scratchings had been put in her basket.
To person who dropped two bags of pork scratchings into my basket in Sainsbury's: your pitiful Saturday activity backfired. I'm not Muslim. — Manpreet Pinder (@Manpreet Pinder)
Traditionally, Muslims don’t eat pork as their religion forbids it. As Mellhi is not Muslim, she does, in fact, eat pork:
@KenGoodwinITV @JennyEGlos @benfalconer Funny thing is, that saddo person has no idea how much I like bacon. — Manpreet Pinder (@Manpreet Pinder)
This is because Mellhi is, in fact, Sikh, according to theMetro, who also reported that she found the whole thing shocking and bizarre. She's quoted by the site as saying:
I think it was deliberate, though I couldn’t say 100 per cent, but nothing about it was a normal situation.Did people want to offend me? I don’t know. Did they think it was funny? Probably.
I think it was deliberate, though I couldn’t say 100 per cent, but nothing about it was a normal situation.
Did people want to offend me? I don’t know. Did they think it was funny? Probably.
Mellhi's followers were equally perplexed and angry:
@ManpreetMellhi Please tell us they weren't from the basics range. Surely Sainsbury's attracts a higher class of moron than that? — The Cotswolds Gentleman (@The Cotswolds Gentleman)
@ManpreetMellhi as Forest Gump would say "stupid is as stupid does" — Think Bike (@Think Bike)
She tweeted that it would have been different if she was Muslim.
@CFCSamz agree. I'm guessing I would have been more upset if I was Muslim. — Manpreet Pinder (@Manpreet Pinder)