A waitress stands up to her attackers for doing her job.
At the Vitis Cafe in Nice, a waitress was assaulted by two men for serving alcohol during Ramadan. The French waitress, originally from Tunisia, is a practicing Muslim, and the two men were also practicing Muslims. Ramadan, for context, is the ninth month in the Isalamic calander, and it is observed by practicing Muslims as a month of fasting. They must abstain from eating, drinking (any liquids), smoking, sexual activities, and other kinds of sinful acts, while the sun is still shining. At night, they are free to eat and do as they please. Generally, alcohol is considered forbidden to Muslims, although this is not a principle that is always adhered to with absolute stringency. Some of the exemptions from Ramadan are serious medical conditions, like heart problems, diabetes, pregnancy, or menstruation.
She was serving a customer alcohol on the terrace when two passing men saw her, and began to insult her. One of the men slapped her across the face after insulting her, resulting in a black eyes. He also called her a whore. The waitress recalls: ‘One of them said to me in Arabic: “You should be ashamed of yourself for serving alcohol during Ramadan. If I were God, I would hang you.”‘
Her response to that was: “You’re not God and you have no right to judge me.” She has not disclosed her name out of fear of further targeted abuse and assault. She also noted that she had served alcohol in her native country without any incident like this ever happening to her. In some places, like Saudi Arabia, alcohol is banned completely, while in other places are more liberal and less forbidding, like Tunisia and Turkey.
Police have identified the men, but have yet to find them.