Texas Woman Claims She Was Attacked for Wearing Hijab at Starbucks: 'Not One of Them Came to See if They Could Help'

A civil rights group is urging witnesses to come forward after a Muslim woman said she was assaulted at a Starbucks in Dallas, Texas, for wearing a Hijab.

Nur Ashour said she was physically and verbally attacked at the coffee store over the weekend and that both staff and fellow customers failed to come to her aid.

In a series of tweets that went viral on June 16, Ashour told how she was with her two children—a 3-year-old and an 8-month-old baby—when she was allegedly attacked by a woman for wearing a Muslim headscarf.

She said the altercation started after she accidentally bumped into the other woman while in the line. The woman then allegedly began yelling at Ashour, as well as throwing coffee cup sleeves and following her out the building.

"The sad part was it was Starbucks and not a single employee or bystander said a word to her. She threw things in my face and said horrific things," Ashour wrote. "Had the roles been reversed, I guarantee the reactions would have differed.

"I had my 8-month-old daughter with me and my three-year-old nearby. I was so shook up I had to leave immediately because I feared for the safety of my family. Had I not approached a security officer outside, not a single person at Starbucks thought to even check on me."

Ashour said that she was upset that she had to explain to her 3-year-old that some people can "hate someone so much because of their religion or the way they dress."

She added: "This is such a small thing compared to the hatred other Muslims experience on a daily basis. America, do better.

"After I ran out I found a security officer and yelled for help. He approached me and then she went up to him and said, 'I don't know what her problem is, she threw stuff at my face.' It's on camera. Obviously racist. Obviously a liar. It was a scene. I was terrified and crying.

"One man standing next to me inside apologized to me. That's it. Otherwise, everyone just watched. The Starbucks employees were aware, yet not one of them came to see if they could help or apologized to me. NOTHING. Sad world we live in."

In a statement to Newsweek, a spokesperson for Starbucks said they have had multiple conversations with Ashour about the alleged incident since her tweets were brought to their attention. They said they could not confirm Ashour's claims "in terms of specifics."

"This type of discriminatory behavior is obviously not acceptable in our stores and not welcome. When our partners [employees] see something, they move quickly to address it," a spokesperson added.

The Dallas/Fort Worth chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-DFW) is calling on authorities to fully investigate the alleged hate crime against the mother-of-two. The group are also asking the public to contact police with any information they have and for the Starbucks store in question to release surveillance footage.

CAIR-DFW Legal Director Dontrey Tatum, who is representing Ashour, added to Newsweek: "A complaint was filed but a proper police report was not filed until today [June 18]. My client was more concerned about the safety and well-being of herself and her family, however, we are working with the Dallas Police Department to ensure a full, proper, and thorough investigation."

CAIR-DFW interim executive director Ekram Haque said in a statement: "Hate crimes are on the rise throughout the United States, including here in Dallas.

"Earlier this year at the Dallas Reunion Tower, another American Muslim woman was verbally and physically attacked apparently based on her identity as a Muslim woman."

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A Muslim woman walks along Coney Island Avenue on October 18, 2017 in New York City. A woman claims she was assaulted at a Starbucks in Dallas, Texas for wearing a hijab. Spencer Platt/Getty
Texas Woman Claims She Was Attacked for Wearing Hijab at Starbucks: 'Not One of Them Came to See if They Could Help' | News
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