September 18, 2009

Jedi Knight boycotts Tesco over hood snub

by David Masters

A Jedi Knight has pledged to boycott Tesco after supermarket staff barred him from the store for wearing his Jedi hood.

Daniel Jones, 23, said staff in Tesco’s Bangor store “victimised” him for his beliefs.

Jones, who founded the International Church of Jedism, said: “It states in our Jedi doctrination that I can wear headwear. It just covers the back of my head.

“You have a choice of wearing headwear in your home or at work but you have to wear a cover for your head when you are in public.”

The Star Wars fan said he went to Tesco to buy his lunch.

Staff in the store demanded that he take his hood off or leave the premises.

“I told them it was a requirement of my religion but they just sniggered and ordered me to leave,” Jones told the Sun.

“They weren’t listening to me. They wasted my personal time,” he said.

“I was emotionally humiliated. They were rude and not very nice to me.”

Jones, whose Church of Jedism has 500,000 members worldwide, said he is seeking legal advice.

“It was discrimination. They were making a joke against me. I was really upset. Nobody should be treated like that,” he said.

The handbook of the UK Jedi Church, founded by Jones, states that “Jedis must wear a hood up in any public place of a large audience.”

“I’ll advise worshippers to boycott Tesco if it happens again.,” Jones said.

“They will feel the Force.”

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