Dunkin Donuts submitted to Shariah law in a sickening way this week when they banned unescorted women from all their locations in Saudi Arabia.
According to Express, signs have appeared on the doors of Dunkin Donuts stores in the Saudi capital of Riyadh saying “unescorted women” are not allowed inside. Other western food change like McDonald’s and Pizza Hut have separate entrances for men and women in the Muslim nation, and the two genders eat separately from each other.
Protesters have slammed these restaurant chains for promoting sexism and the discrimination of women by separating the sexes in their stores. A Twitter campaign called #StopEnslavingSaudiWomen has already gone viral in an attempt to force these companies to reverse their policies about women in Saudi Arabia.
Dunkin Donuts released a brief statement to discuss their Saudi Arabian stores.
“We have looked into the sign in question, and have been informed that it is not currently displayed at any Dunkin’ Donuts restaurant in Riyadh,” the company said. “At Dunkin’ Donuts, we welcome all men and women and serve all guests our full menu in Saudi Arabia. In addition, the Dunkin’ Donuts franchisee in Saudi Arabia adheres to the local laws.”
This came after Starbucks caused a controversy earlier this year when they banned women from their establishments in Saudi Arabia. A sign on the door of one Starbucks read, “Please no entry for ladies. Only send your driver to order. Thank you.”
“Starbucks in Saudi Arabia adheres to the local customs by providing separate entrances for families as well as single people,” a Starbucks spokesman said in a statement. “All our stores provide equal amenities, service, menu, and seating to men, women and families. We are working as quickly as possible as we refurbish our Jarir store, so that we may again welcome all customers in accordance with local customs.”
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