Subway Employee Fined $75 for Calling Customer a Terrorist

Local man from Pakistan approached while enjoying lunch

By Kimberly Podgorski
|  Saturday, Aug 7, 2010  |  Updated 9:29 AM CDT
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Subway Employee Fined $75 for Calling Customer a Terrorist

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CHICAGO, IL - DECEMBER 29: A woman peers into a Subway restaurant December 29, 2003 in Chicago. Subway restaurants today started to offer two Atkins Nutritionals, Inc.-endorsed low-carbohydrate wraps. The Turkey and Bacon Melt Wrap with Monterey cheddar cheese and the Chicken Bacon Ranch Wrap with Swiss cheese. Both Atkins-Friendly Wraps are available in the U.S. and Canada and have 11 grams Net Carbs or less. The wrap itself, which is made with wheat gluten, cornstarch, oat, sesame flour and soy protein, has only 5 grams Net Carbs. Subway Restaurants is the first quick serve restaurant to partner with Atkins Nutritionals Inc. (Photo by Tim Boyle/Getty Images)

A Waukegan man was just trying to enjoy a meal at Subway when someone asked him if he was a terrorist.

Zohaib Khan said he was approached by Subway employee Arjunsinh Sindha on May 5 and lobbed with a question that took him aback.

"I heard you guys were recruiting more terrorists in New York. Are you one of them?" Khan, a Pakistan native, quoted Sindha as asking, according to the Chicago Sun-Times.

Sindha, 64, was charged with disorderly conduct for the incident at the Subway restaurant at 2302 Green Bay Road.  He was convicted of the ordinance violation at a bench trial Thursday before Lake County Associate Judge Helen Rozenberg and ordered to pay a $75 fine.

"I feel very good that justice is served and the judicial system responded. There is no excuse for racial remarks," Khan said, according to the Sun-Times.

The incident occurred just days after a car bomb was left in Times Square in New York City.

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