GARLAND -- TGI Friday's said in a statement Friday the employees of a Garland location of the restaurant chain will undergo special training after an incident in which a Muslim woman said she found bacon in her straw.
Nicole Queen, a converted Muslim, said her server was put off by her request to remove bacon from her Cobb salad because it is forbidden for Muslims to eat pork. She claims another waiter asked if she wanted a refill of her drink to-go, and she found bacon in the straw in the parking lot.
News 8 first reported the story earlier this month.
“Since last week when Ms. Nicole Queen dined in our restaurant we have had the opportunity to speak with her several times," the restaurant chain's statement read. "She has graciously given her time to discuss with us what occurred at our restaurant and the response she received when she brought it to our attention. We are very sorry for her experience and certainly recognize that she was not treated with the respect that her concerns warranted.
"Although we cannot go back and undo her experience, we can and will use this as an opportunity to reinforce the Values that guide everyone who works at Fridays. Among those Values are Integrity, which stresses that we 'treat people with dignity, respect and honesty,'" the statement continued. "In the coming days we will be taking every team member in this location through a session in which we will review this particular incident, have an open and honest discussion about the importance of our Values and how respecting the specific needs of every guest are vital to delivering the Fridays experience.”