France: complaints by restaurateurs against a delivery man refusing kosher orders

Two Jewish restorers in Strasbourg, in eastern France, filed a complaint after the refusal by one or two Deliveroo delivery providers to take charge of their orders and the holding of anti-Semitic remarks, it was learned from concordant sources on Monday.

“Two complaints were lodged on 7 January by two restaurateurs” at the Strasbourg Central Police Station, having been refused their delivery, a police source told AFP.

“The investigation is under way to identify the respondent,” added the Strasbourg Public Prosecutors Office.

In these two kosher restaurants, “this is a bit the same scene that is described by the restaurateurs: they prepare the order and the delivery man asks: +What is your specialty?+ The restaurateur replied: +These are Israeli specialities+ and the delivery man said: +Ah well no, I do not deliver to the Jews+ and cancel the delivery,” Raphael Nisand told AFP.

The lawyer also filed a complaint on Sunday, both against the delivery man (s), but also against Deliveroo, on behalf of the Israelite Consistory of the Lower Rhine Department and the National Bureau of Vigilance Against Anti-Semitism (BNVCA).

According to its president, Maurice Dahan, “the Israelite Consistory of the Lower Rhine considers it intolerable that delivery men working for Deliveroo dare to practise openly anti-Semitic discrimination”.

Contacted by AFP, Deliveroo said Monday that it had made contact with the restorers concerned. “We take this incident very seriously and immediately decided to conduct our own internal investigation,” the company said in a written message.

“If the facts as reported are proven, we will act and permanently terminate the contract of the responsible delivery man,” adds the meal delivery platform, stating that we have “no tolerance for anti-Semitic words or acts which constitute a criminal offence, and condemn (er) any such act with the utmost firmness”.

The investigation was entrusted to the Sûreté départementale.

By CCEiT (AFP source)