Happy Ramadan Signs at 239 Woolworths Stores Creates a Stir with Some Customers Threatening to Boycott

Kathryn Powley, Herald Sun, June 26, 2014

Woolworths is wishing some customers a “Happy Ramadan”–but not everybody is celebrating.

The supermarket giant has Ramadan promotions in 239 stores in areas with big Muslim populations.

At Sunshine’s Marketplace Woolworths, posters and a display of nuts and dried fruit greet customers.

The month-long Islamic religious festival involves fasting in daylight hours.

But some customers have complained the promotion is offensive and un-Australian.

On the supermarket’s Facebook page, one person accused the chain of “pandering to a minority”.

Another said: “I find this kind of advertising OFFENSIVE, as an Australian & as a female!!!”.

And another said the signs were offensive to her beliefs and she would boycott stores where they were displayed.

Woolworths spokesman Russell Mahoney said the promotion was running in 239 stores around Australia.

“We celebrate as many international festivities as possible to support the diverse population of Australia,” he said.

That included Diwali, Lunar New Year and Passover.

Islamic Council of Victoria secretary Ghaith Krayem welcomed Woolworths’ promotion and said people who opposed such initiatives did so out of ignorance and unsubstantiated fears.

“Ramadan is a time of reflection and renewal and maybe it is also a time for all of us to be inclusive rather than push each other away.”

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  • I would be rather annoyed as well.

    • me

      Hey, if it makes a buck…..

  • Katherine McChesney

    I find it offensive considering they are abusers of women who promote the murder of Jews and Christians.

    • me

      Me, too.

  • Pro_Whitey

    Any indication that they wish Merry (or Happy) Christmas or Happy Easter?

  • Who Me?

    I can’t say Merry Christmas, then by God they shouldn’t be allowed to say Happy Ramadan!

  • MekongDelta69

    I haven’t seen a Woolworth’s around here (U.S.) in decades!

    Is this the same ‘Woolworth’s’?

    [And whether it is or not, they’re groveling fools and tools.]

    • Voice of Reason

      Foot Locker Retail, Inc. or Foot Locker, Inc. is an American sportswear and footwear retailer, with its headquarters in Midtown Manhattan, New York City,[4] and operating in approximately 20 countries worldwide. Formerly known as Venator Group, Inc., it is the successor corporation to the F. W. Woolworth Company (“Woolworth’s”), and many of its freestanding stores are former Woolworth’s locations

      • Sick of it

        Fascinating bit of history for those of us who only remember Foot Locker.

    • Guest

      I think I saw the last one in these parts around 1975 or 1980.Used to love to go there as a kid and see all the (to a kid) unique and fascinating things they had….. Just another memory I have that my kids and grandkids will never know about.

      • foundingstockcracker

        Sipping a Green River at the fountain.

        • Ron Cheaters

          Scavenging through the dump bins looking through the K-tel 8-track collections.

    • Grand Vizier

      Woolworth’s in the US closed the remaining stores in 1997, in Canada in 1994.
      Woolworth’s in Australia and NZ are not at all related to the original company, and never were, they just stole the name……..

      In Britain , it was indeed the same company once, They closed their last store in 2009 there.

      Besides the chain using the name in Oz and NZ, Woolworths exist in Germany, Austria, Mexico, and South Africa , and these latter were part of the original company once.

      • MekongDelta69

        Thanks for the info – I appreciate it.

    • ElComadreja

      We have one not five minutes from where I live in the Boston area. There are still a few left.

    • Ngati Pakeha

      Woolworth’s in this part of the world is a supermarket chain much like Safeway.

  • 4321realist

    “Happy Ramadan Signs at 239 Woolworths Stores Creates a Stir with Some Customers Threatening to Boycott”

    This is just one more indication that the power and money freaks would sell their souls to the devil in order to increase their bottom line.

    And can you imagine the praise the geek enjoys who came up with the idea for that sign?

    If the state didn’t prevent them from doing so, they would be selling products that are so dangerous they cost lives or products that were so inferior they were useless just in order to make a nickel more per unit. Like the big auto manufacturers who are all for putting a sub-standard spare in new vehicles, because it enables them to make a few dollars more per unit.

    Very few of them have any laudable principles any more.

  • M.

    One word: boycott. A decrease in sales is the only language businesses understand. More effective than a million “I’m offended” tweets.

  • Einsatzgrenadier

    Diversity is white genocide. It’s about one standard for whites and a totally different standard for nonwhites. Whites must give up their cultural and ethnic practices in order to accommodate nonwhites, but nonwhites are allowed to preserve their cultural and ethnic practices without hindrance.

    Muslims would never allow “Merry Christmas” signs in their countries. In fact, Christians and Christianity are savagely persecuted in Africa, the Middle East and south Asia. Why should we allow “Happy Ramadan” signs in ours? Not only should be there no Ramadan in western countries, there shouldn’t be any Muslims either.

    • NoMosqueHere

      Many muslims are white. Ibrahim Hooper, a CAIR bigwig, is a muslim convert of Norwegian descent and he’s just as bad as the swarthy middle eastern types.

      The problem with Islam is not racial. Islam is a sick religion founded by a mass murdering, pedophile warlord. The Koran codifies Muhammed’s sickness. It is a virus to which whites are vulnerable, too.

      • ElComadreja

        Just look at the Boston bombers Dzokhar and Tamerlan Tsarnaev. They are half Chechen and half Avar. One born in the Kalmyk ASSR and the other in Kyrgyztan. They were raised in Kyrgyztan and Daghestan. The cancer of Islam has infected many present and former Russian republics and ethnic groups.

  • MikeofAges

    Is Ramadan supposed to be happy? It’s not one day, it’s 40 days of fasting all day. It’s a harsh discipline intended to promote spiritual discipline and self-reckoning. Westerners who have followed the fasting template of Ramadan have said it is pretty tough. No barrier to fasting in Christianity and Judaism, of course.

  • Ngati Pakeha

    The suburb of Sunshine is in Melbourne’s west. I would describe it as Beirut meets Hanoi. Succinctly, cats and dogs roam at their own risk least they become the local version of a McChicken sandwhich. Diversity at its most frightening.

  • A Freespeechzone

    I’m sure that Merry Christmas is banned by Woolworth’s….

    Boycott them—let them go out of business….do not support companies that work against your values.

  • Lagerstrom

    Boycott, Boycott, Boycott! I actually bought a carton of milk and a packet of pasta in one this afternoon, I’m never stepping foot in one again!

  • JackKrak

    “We celebrate as many international festivities as possible to support the diverse population of Australia,” he said.

    Uh-huh. I’m guessing Christmas didn’t make the cut.

  • ElComadreja

    Once again the west tries to appease those bent on it’s destruction.

  • Ngati Pakeha

    Hey GM. Sadly things have changed and I quote…

    “Sunshine is a highly multicultural suburb, with many residents coming from all over Europe in the first few decades of the post-WWII period. It is the main centre for Melbourne’s Maltese community:[18] indeed, Oceania’s only branch of Malta’s Bank of Valletta is situated on Watt St, Sunshine. From the late 1970s, many Vietnamese refugees settled in Sunshine and surrounding areas and have opened small businesses such as groceries and restaurants on Hampshire Road. More recently, immigrants moving to Sunshine have come from Sudan, Burma and India.”

    You see…Sudan, Burma and India. When I use to work in Melbourne staff in the office use to draw straws to see who would have to go to “Sunshine”. The other place we all despised was Broadmeadows and I quote…

    “Broadmeadows is a culturally diverse community. Just over half (55.2%) of Broadmeadows’ population was born in Australia and 37.1% were born overseas. Around one third (33.0%) were born overseas in a non-English speaking country. The most common overseas countries of birth of Broadmeadows residents are Turkey,[5] Iraq and Lebanon. Growing communities in Broadmeadows include residents born in the Philippines. The most common languages spoken at home, other than English, for residents in Broadmeadows are Arabic and Turkish. Syriac-Aramaic (Assyrian), Vietnamese and Italian are the next most common languages.

    • Grand Vizier

      Well, it looks to me that we have come long way when “constable La Ferlita” is considered “Anglo”…….:)

      • Ngati Pakeha

        I think we’ll give Constable La Ferlita (probably Italian) a pass if that’s OK with you champ. Look at the list in context pal as it should be self-evident what my point is.