It was Friday night shopping and, along with all the usual items, I made sure of my Bega Cheese, Vegemite and my Tassal smoked salmon. When I arrived home I separated out all the items, including meat, that carried that little Islamic Halal logo. (Strangely there were a lot of different Islamic logos.)
Now, I object to the way Muslims like to kill their animals but I object even more to Vegemite being slaughtered in the same way,
On Saturday, around 10am, I walked back into Woollies with my docket and an armful of everything that was halal certified, looked for the longest line of people waiting at a checkout and practically threw them at the poor checkout chick. (Unfortunately she was collateral damage.)
The line of people waiting looked shocked as I demanded to see the manager.
I had opened each of the items, including a carton of ice cream and spread the contents out on the checkout table, demanding to know why I was unknowingly supporting Islamic ventures.
I was really on a roll by the time the manager arrived, I already had the whole line of people checking their trolleys for halal certified items.
The manager held his hands up and asked me to settle down and assured me he would refund me the cost of each of the products.
Actually I didn’t need settling down, I was grinning like a Cheshire cat inside, but to his moderating credit, he totalled up each of about 20 different items (one of which I was overcharged for) and immediately handed me a refund from the cash register while the stunned checkout chick and a dozen shoppers looked on.
The opened items will undoubtedly be returned to the suppliers, hopefully with an enlightening message.
If Kirralie Smith of halalchoices.com can give her life over to a just cause politicians run away from, then that’s the least I can do.
It was sort of fun, but I can’t do that to Woollies again because of their security cameras and anyway you can checkout your own stuff now.
But I’ve got my eye on a few Coles’ outlets.