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Wegmans responds to Muslim flap

Wegmans will no longer ask customers not to bring pork and alcohol products through a certain checkout line while a Muslim teenager is on duty.

One Rochester Wegmans location caused a stir when it posted a sign near the young woman's line that read, "If your order contains pork or alcohol product, we respectfully ask that you choose another lane."

The sign has since been removed. Wegmans said it doesn't make such accommodations "for any religious or lifestyle reason" and said the decision to post the sign was made by a single, store-level employee, against the company's policy.

"We have coached the store on other ways they could have addressed the concerns of this employee, who knew when she took the job that it would include handling these products," Wegmans said in a statement. "We apologize if this has offended anyone."

Wegmans said it does not usually comment on personnel matters, but because the issue prompted many calls to the company and was picked up by the media, Wegmans decided to release a statement, spokeswoman Theresa Jackson said.

Rochester news outlet WHEC aired a story about the sign, which was picked up by several Muslim and anti-Muslim Web sites.

Shoppers critical of the sign called it "Islamization of the marketplace" and threatened to mount boycotts.

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