“The engine of the car will explode or have problems and he would go and say ‘oh you blew it, you Arabs always like to blow things up,'” said alleged hate crime victim Nimer Musa . “In the past he had joked about feeding me bites of bacon.”
Nimer Musa said these were just a few examples of the repeated hateful behavior allegedly spewed out by his former manager at work.
In an exclusive interview with Eyewitness News, the auto technician at a Subaru service center in Union, New Jersey, said it was just the beginning.
He said that a day after filing a complaint with human resources, his manager was fired.
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However, the manager would have returned to the workplace last month, a few days after being dismissed, to recover his personal effects.
That’s when Musa said he found stuffed bacon in the pockets of his work shirt, pants and boots.
“The bacon fell off my work shirt,” he said.
Musa is Muslim and they are forbidden to eat pork.
“After that bacon, I haven’t been the same to be honest,” Musa said. “I didn’t sleep well. I threw up. Just because unfortunately I had to touch it. At first I didn’t know what it was. I dug into my pockets and I put oil everywhere.”
The Union Police Department is investigating this incident as a bias incident.
The Council on American Islamic Relations issued a statement:
“This alleged harassment and intimidation is reprehensible and should never be tolerated. We commend Subaru for taking action against the cult employee. We thank the Union Police Department for opening an investigation.”
Musa was born and raised in this country. He first faced hate when he was only about 5 years old. He remembers it like it was yesterday.
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“Right after 9/11 my dad had a client who came, he works at a rental car company, he came to pick up his rental,” he said. “My dad is nothing but nice, polite, he tried to help the client. The client told him to go back to your country.”
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