Food courier in France refuses to serve Jews, say two kosher restaurant owners

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A Deliveroo delivery boy rides a bicycle in Paris, France, April 12, 2020 (Chesnot / Getty Images via JTA.org)

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Two kosher restaurants in the city of Strasbourg, France, said they were turned down by at least one delivery man, who reportedly said he did not want to serve Jews.

The two incidents happened on Thursday amid a partial lockdown due to the COVID-19 pandemic, which has limited restaurants to only offering take-out food delivered by couriers. The delivery man who allegedly refused the kosher restaurant service worked for Deliveroo. It is not immediately clear whether the two incidents involved the same employee, the DNA news site reported on Sunday.

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At the first restaurant, the employee arrived to place an order for a customer and asked the restaurant staff what kind of restaurant it was. They told him it served Israeli cuisine, to which he replied, “I don’t serve Jews” and said he was canceling the order, Raphael Nisand, a lawyer representing the restaurant, told DNA. .

Later that day, a second kosher restaurant was also denied service by a Deliveroo employee, DNA reported.

On Friday, the owners of the two restaurants complained to police about discrimination and alerted the Consistory, the French Jewish organization responsible for religious services, and the National Bureau against Antisemitism, or BNVCA.

Deliveroo France did not respond to multiple interactions with its customer service team on Twitter, which this department uses regularly to communicate about complaints and other service issues.

The firm did not immediately respond to an email sent to it Monday by the Jewish Telegraph Agency, requesting information about the incidents.



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