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Anti-Muslim Message Stamped on Dollar Bill, Left At Suburban Chicago Restaurant

Community rallies to support Middle Eastern eatery

The bigoted message.
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A customer left an Islamophobic message on a dollar bill stamped in bright, red ink to taunt restaurant workers Wednesday at a suburban Chicago Middle Eastern restaurant. It’s fired up the community, which is rallying to support the family-owned eatery. The customer, described as a middle-aged white man, handed the bill to an employee at 4Sisters Sweets and Catering and left without speaking at the Middle Eastern/Mediterranean restaurant in southwest suburban Oak Lawn, according to Oak Lawn Patch. The message read “No Muslim Immigrants in USA.”

That’s led a local group to organize an event condemning the message and encouraging diners to eat there this weekend. The so-called “cash mob” starts today and lasts through Saturday. Organizers are encouraging diners to patronize the restaurant: “We want to shower them with love and our financial support.”

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The restaurant opened more than a year ago to serve the southwest suburbs, which is home to a large population of Muslims, including those who worship at the Mosque Foundation in nearby Bridgeview. The Southwest Chicago Diversity Collaborative is organizing the event.

It was a small, yet ugly gesture, especially under the backdrop of new anti-immigration policy. However, restaurant owner Maya Hamed feels safe, thanks to the community’s support. She told NBC Chicago: “It’s his home, it’s our home, it’s for everybody. We should be uniting, not dividing.”

4Sisters Sweets and Catering

10317 Central Ave., Oak Lawn, IL 60453 (708) 634-3677