A tale woven by a Muslim woman who claimed to be “in tears of humiliation of discrimination” over a can of Coca Cola on a United flight could be unraveling.
Although Coke may indeed be “the real thing,” the woman’s story could be turning out to be as phony as a three-dollar bill.
Tahera Ahmad claimed that on a flight from Chicago to Washington, D.C., a flight attendant refused to give her a requested unopened can of diet Coke, responding, “Well, I’m sorry I just can’t give you an unopened can so no Diet Coke for you.”
Ahmad claimed that when she asked why, the flight attendant told her it could be used as a weapon, adding that another passenger “looked me straight in the eyes and said, ‘yes you know you would use it as a weapon’” and told her to shut up.
Following the dust-up, United disciplined the flight attendant, prompting Ahmad to state, “she made a very bad mistake, an unacceptable mistake, according to Newser. “If she can learn from the experience and become a better flight attendant, that’s awesome.”
But an Internet posting on FlyerTalk, a popular blog for frequent flyers, that claims to be from a fellow traveler on Ahmad’s flight, has a different version of the story.
(It’s important to note that the blog entry is anonymous and there is no way of verifying its authenticity.)
The posting reads [with paragraph breaks added for clarity]:
I was actually on this flight on Friday evening from ORD to DCA. I have been a reader of this forum for a long time but seeing this all over the news made me sign up so I could tell you what really happened here and hopefully stop this liar in her tracks.
I was sitting close enough to her to hear everything that was said. The flight attendant came up to the lady (I believe she even took her order first in the entire cabin as she was seated in the bulkhead 7d) and took her order.
She ordered a coke zero and a hot green tea with a Splenda. The flight attendant handed her a full diet coke with a cup on top and then told her that the green tea would take a few minutes and she would get it to her ASAP.
The lady said very rudely and condescending to the FA that she ordered a coke zero and basically pushed the soda back to the flight attendant. The FA said she was sorry and attempted to find a coke zero for her (which she did not have many of) and told her that she could only give her a portion of the can not the full can.
This is when the lady in question started to freak out and told the FA “What do you think I will use this as a weapon?! Why can’t I have the whole can? I think you are discriminating against me. I need your name….” The lady just kept yelling to her “I need your name… I am being discriminated against.”
This is when a few passengers told her to calm down and one guy told her to “shut her mouth and she is being ridiculous over a can of coke”.
No one ever said anything anti-Muslim to her at all. She was the one who started screaming discrimination when she did not get what she wanted. The FA asked her numerous times if she would like anything else when the lady just basically pushed her away with a hand in her face.
The lady then got onto her phone with her credit card and paid for the internet so she could start spinning this story on social media and she was never in tears.
This person is a liar plain and simple and is just pulling the discrimination card.
Moreover, a previous post to Ahmad’s Facebook page would seem to indicate that the lady has an overactive imagination, coupled with a hint of paranoia and a dash of thin skin.
After a little digging, Riehl World View blogger Dan Riehl discovered that entry and posted:
— DanRiehl (@DanRiehl) June 1, 2015
This received a long list of replies,m including:
— Bleu (@bleufishcat) June 1, 2015
— Gary Black (@GaryBlackal) June 7, 2015
— Dick Beninya (@Dick_Beninya) June 1, 2015
— Wingo is a Jedi name (@mikepinkshoes) June 1, 2015
H/T: The Gateway Pundit
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