Allen West Claims Underage Walmart Cashier Not Selling Alcohol Is Sharia Law

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Former Florida Congressman Allen West posted an anti-sharia law rant on his web page Monday because he saw a Walmart aisle where the cashier was not selling alcohol.  The Congressman, immediately interpreted the “No alcohol products in this lane” sign as evidence of creeping Sharia law, because the cashier apparently had an ominous foreign sounding name, not a comforting American Christian sounding name like “Steve”.

West relays the story of his Walmart experience as follows:

There was a young man doing the checkout and another Walmart employee came over and put up a sign, “No alcohol products in this lane.” So being the inquisitive fella I am, I used my additional set of eyes — glasses — to see the young checkout man’s name. Let me just say it was NOT “Steve.”

I pointed the sign out to Aubrey [West’s daughter] and her response was a simple question, how is it that this Muslim employee could refuse service to customers based on his religious beliefs, but Christians are being forced to participate in specific events contrary to their religious beliefs?

Boy howdy, that is one astute young lady.

Imagine that, this employee at Walmart refused to just scan a bottle or container of an alcoholic beverage — and that is acceptable. A Christian business owner declines to participate or provide service to a specific event — a gay wedding — which contradicts their faith, and the State crushes them.

However, it turns out that West and his daughter are not nearly as astute as they fancy themselves to be. While he was patting himself and his daughter on the back for their keen observation that Sharia law has invaded the sacred checkout aisles of Walmart, it turns out a much less sinister motive was at work. The reason the young man wasn’t serving alcohol in his lane, is not because he a stealth jihadist trying to rain misery upon American Christians, but because he was under 21 years of age, and therefore not permitted by store policy to sell alcohol.

West’s post is still online, but it now includes an editor’s update stating: “We spoke to the Walmart store, and apparently employees under 21 years old are prohibited from selling cigarettes and alcohol. ” Duh. That is a policy most American consumers are familiar with. In West’s case, the Dallas Walmart was complying with company policy that prohibits people under age 21 from selling alcohol. Not Sharia law, Walmart policy.

The problem for Allen West is that he, like Bill O’Reilly and many others on the political right, has a persecution complex. He believes Christians are under attack to the point where he sees persecution where it is not happening. West has become a professional victim, who is so obsessed with the notion that conservatives and Christians are being oppressed that he has lost touch with reality.

West has so thoroughly internalized his feelings of victimization, which he somehow views a 20-year-old checkout guy not selling him a bottle of liquor, as an assault upon Christianity. Yes, there is something ironic about a right-wing Christian arguing that not forcing a minor to sell him a bottle of liquor is persecution, but in his desperation, West is unable to find any more compelling examples of anti-Christian oppression than that.

West will continue to whine about being a victim because it’s a lucrative enterprise for him. However, despite his angry protestations, just because the 19 or 20-year old with the foreign sound name won’t sell him a bottle of booze, doesn’t mean Texas is under the grips of Sharia law. Allen West should stop jumping to false conclusions. If he has an issue with the rule he should take it up with Walmart, rather than the religion of Islam. Also, maybe he should consider laying off the drinks a little, because clearly his thinking isn’t sober.

Author’s correction: In the original draft, I made reference to Texas state law prohibiting underage clerks from selling alcohol. That would apply if the clerk was under 18 years of age, but in some circumstances clerks under age 21, but at least 18 years of age, are allowed to handle alcohol products in Texas. For a full list of TABC alcohol regulations click here…TABC laws, rules and regulations.

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44 Replies to “Allen West Claims Underage Walmart Cashier Not Selling Alcohol Is Sharia Law”

  1. So…an employee who wants to keep their job by following the rules of not only the store but all local,state and federal law is somehow a threat and is by themselves imposing “sharia law”!? If this came from anyone but Allen West I would call that person crazy but it’s Allen West so…there ya’ go…

  2. You really should follow the link to West’s page. Perhaps this was just a click-bait strategy, because people are lighting him up in the comments section, for his paranoid kneejerk reaction. I also think he’s merely using his daughter as a prop, putting words in her mouth that she likely never said. What an intellectual stain he is.

  3. Among Bible belt restrictions, it’s not permitted to sell alcohol on Sundays. Even a business owner opening their business on Sundays was frowned upon.

    Does West know that?

  4. Holy cow!
    In Texas they even have entire DRY counties.

    In those counties people are not allowed to buy nor sell ANY form of liquor, it does not mean they don’t drink it.

    The people just have to go 30 miles away, thru the drive threu and get a trunk load to last you for the week (or day, depending on your booze intake).

    Sharia law or evangelical law? it is hard to say…

  5. Oh Not MY WALMART practicing Sharia law!! Now where will I shop. (sarc) Who in the h**l is running the republi-canaan asylum??

  6. I remember the tales of Prohibition. Who’d a thunk it was all a nefarious plot from the not-yet-existent Al-Qaeda?

  7. Oh man… This is hilarious.

    You would think that a former Congressman like him would know that an underage person cannot sell alcohol or tobacco products lest they get fired and the store gets fined.

    It’s called common sense, which many (if not all) on the right seem to lack.

  8. Allen West. Another Republican looking for an excuse to cry that Christians are being discriminated against. Ironic that he looked at the guys name tag and automatically “knew” he was a Muslim. How smoothly that played into his narrative. Says a lot about his character.

  9. Dilbert is such an asshole.

    Instead of that stupid haircut, he should tie knots in the four corners of a handkerchief and call himself Prof. D. P. Gumby!

  10. One of the most discouraging things about this site is the overall tendancy to find a dumb move, statement, etc… by a republican and proclaim this is true for all republicans. Allen West made a wrong conclusion, cooked his goose by writing about it, and now you folks are reaming him out. Got no problem with that. But why drag millions of innocent people down with him?
    I found out just yesterday that George Zimmerman is a registered democrat and voted for Obama. Should that tar by association the millions of liberals and progressives who don’t think like George? Maybe not.

  11. Don’t you find it strange that West would be upset that Muslin would refuse to sell him alcohol based on religious belief, but would have no problem with a Christian pharmacist refusing to sell a customer a birth control device, based on religious belief.

  12. About as clear a bit of ignoratio elenchi as I have seen today. And the last voter’s registration found for him was 2002, a non- presidential year, when he may have registered that way to vote in a contested primary.

  13. Hell, just whip your right wing six shooter out at him and demand to be sold some damn beer. Damn this democracy man! It’s every beer drinker for himself! I think this was said as the TBBM (Texas Beer Belly Militia) prepared to go engage the U.S. Army and some of our allies in training exercises.

  14. ***OFF TOPIC**

    “Bill” and “Robert” are professionals at pulling commenters “off topic” and into a verbal briar patch of endless nonsense with anyone willing to “react” and give them attention.

    Please, don’t feed into their irrelevance.

  15. The topic is Allen West jumping to a wrong conclusion. I responded to it by saying don’t label all Republicans by the actions of a few. I used George Zimmerman as an example of how it cuts both ways. If that’s “off topic”… ?

  16. Ok, raynardine I got it. The proper way to respond on this post is to read the article, conclude that Allen West is a dumbass, and therefore all Republicans are dumbasses. So I should respond with:

    “Yeah! Allen West is a dumbass and all Republicans are dumbasses. That’s what I think, too.”

    How’m I doin’? Am I stayin’ on topic now?

  17. There was a lady shopping yesterday with her baby the woman was wearing a full burka should I have reported that there was a terrorist in the store?

  18. Allen West’s personality disorder is an individual living in most countries, but only in America we make him news worthy. Kinda shameful in my eyes.

  19. Since liquor laws vary by state, with some states requiring clerks be 21 and some 18, it is perfectly reasonable that Walmart would set a blanket age of 21 across all its stores. Wow, I can’t believe I just defended Walmart!

  20. I agree so much that I think his name is now a verb.

    “You’ve got to go to school, Steve. Do you want to end up Allen Westing your way through life?”

    “That guy doesn’t know his ass from a hole in the ground. I can’t believe you pay him to Allen West everything up!”

  21. Hail Eris!

    And you make it haaa-a-a-a-r-r-rrrd…

    Snarky
    Because a rose by any other name still smells as sweet, but less people would smell them if they were called freak flowers.

  22. Robert, Face/Palm…I have a friend who recently ran for a city council seat here in Lancaster,Ohio. He is a registered Democrat, he votes Democrat and he voted for Obama. Aside from those he IS inside a Conservative who really doesn’t believe ANY Democrat knows anything. This site has more truth than most on the right could ever fathom. And why is it Robert that you very RARELY hear or read of a “Left Wing” nutcase saying ridiculous stuff EVERY DAY!!?? WHY Robert!?.. Because OUR side is not STARK RAVING MAD!!! Every Day 365 days a year! YOUR side IS!! because your policies and agenda ARE Stark Raving Mad!

  23. planefella,
    The Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission (updated 2015) states:

    How old does a person need to be to become TABC certified and sell or serve alcoholic beverages?

    The(age) limits are as follows:

    Off-Premises License or Permit (e.g. most grocery or convenience stores) – no age restriction on employees

    On-Premises License or Permit (e.g. bar or restaurant) – must be 18 or over to serve/sell

    Package Store (liquor store) – employees must be 21 or over

    Wine Only Package Store (store that sells wine for off-premise consumption containing a higher alcohol content than your typical grocery store) – employees must be 16 or over.

  24. Howard Lex:

    But how old are the Chinese troopers in the Walmart tunnels, 18 or 21?

    And are they allowed to handle the booze while waiting for the Texas invasion?

    besides their practices under-paying their workers, and of child labor and undercutting Mom&Pop store prices.

    Walmart has a lot to answer…

  25. Because he was given the option to resign his commission as an alternative to facing a General Court Martial. That’s why.

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