As far as I am aware there is no law requiring someone to show their face whilst buying fuel. If there were then rather a lot of Muslims would be getting prosecuted and there'd be a huge human rights debate.
Having worked in an offie where people haven't removed helmets before coming in I can vouch for feeling threatened even being a rider myself. Take the hat off - criminals use them, deal with it. It takes 5 seconds tops to remove it, probably less if it's not a new lid.
If you really can't be arsed, get a flip up helmet or go to one of those places where you an pay at the pump. I often remove my hat on the way to the shop to pay but I'd certainly not take offence if they didn't turn the pump on until I'd shown my face - t's happened before and people are just trying to make a living and ensure they're safe whilst they're at it.
The people who work in petrol stations are vulnerable enough to robberies given they're often on their own working late, without worrying if every biker walking in is a potential threat... and yes.... you do get to think like that when you're in a shop on your own late at night and it's quiet, especially when the place has already been robbed twice this year....
I have just looked at the tesco website and morrisons website. There is nothing within either of the company policies that states a helmet must be removed. Personally i refuse to use either of them on the grounds of discrimination against bikers. Untiol they start makign other people remove headwear including religious headwear then they have lost out on my money.
I don't, they can not refuse to accept my money, so I just ignore the request, tell them I am muslim, it is against my religion, and put the money down and ask for receipt.
Niether do I take my hood off when I go into shops, the first shop/garage that asks a muslim to remove there stuff can ask me, until then up yours
But the best...
I don't use supermarket petrol station, but that's only because the fuel is cheap crap.
Perhaps we should all wear balaclavas under our lids. Then when we remove the lid, they get to see 2 eyeholes....
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