Muslim Man Sues Little Caesar’s Over ‘Halal’ Pepperoni Pizza
A Muslim man is seeking $100 million in a lawsuit filed against Little Caesars after ordering halal pizza twice from a Dearborn, Michigan, location of the pizza chain and allegedly receiving pork pepperoni atop his pie both times. The boxes were labeled halal, according to USA Today, but both contained regular pork pepperoni.
After ordering the pizza in March, the lawsuit claims that Mohamad Bazzi and his wife “became sick to their stomach.” Bazzi recognized the pepperoni, as he had previously worked in a pizzeria. His wife — who is a Christian convert — confirmed his suspicions.
“Little Caesars cherishes our customers from all religions and cultures, and the communities we serve are very important to us. While we can’t comment on pending litigation, we take this claim very seriously,” Little Caesars said in a statement, adding that they believed the lawsuit is without merit.
Bazzi said that three days after consuming the offensive meat, he filed a complaint with local police.
“My clients want the public to know,” Majed Moughni, Bazi’s attorney said in a statement. “Especially during Ramadan, it would be a travesty if Muslims ... in Dearborn bought pizza from Little Caesars and discovered they were eating pork.”
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