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01-06-2016, 08:32 AM
Thought experiment - moral vs meat
Here is your thought experiment for you:

Imagine you are the owner of a small fast food restaurant in the UK or Ireland.
You sell the usual stuff: Burgers, Chips (US - Fries), Doner, Pizza, ... That kind of stuff.

You have noticed that most of the other small fast food places in your area have put signs and notes on their businesses, which state that their meat is Halal.
The following thought enters your mind:
"If I put a sign up for Halal meat but I will buy the normal stuff anyway, I will gain customers without spending more because now also Muslims will come to my business. Because Halal food is special, I can also rise the prize and therefore make an even better business."

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Before you answer, please consider:
* Political situation
* Opinions of your peers and society
* Is there a moral or ethical dilemma?
* Religious rights
* How likely is a law suit?

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Note: No I am not a business owner Wink

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01-06-2016, 08:34 AM
RE: Thought experiment - moral vs meat
Deceiving the customers isn't kosher. Big Grin
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01-06-2016, 08:38 AM
RE: Thought experiment - moral vs meat
I believe the only difference between halal or kosher food - is some guy with a weird beard and funny clothing wags his tallywhacker in the food's general direction.....


I suppose if you got somebody to do that - you'd be OK...



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01-06-2016, 08:41 AM
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I wouldn't do it just because I wouldn't want to gain customers through deception. I would think it could be easily investigated whether I was buying Halal meat or not and I would fear a lawsuit, or perhaps even violent retribution.
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01-06-2016, 08:41 AM
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(01-06-2016 08:38 AM)onlinebiker Wrote:  I believe the only difference between halal or kosher food - is some guy with a weird beard and funny clothing wags his tallywhacker in the food's general direction.....
I don't know about kosher. As for halal, the lifestock is being slaughtered in a different way. Basically by cutting the throat and letting the animal bleed out. I suppose that this meat would cost more for business to buy because it is a "special" way of slaughter so the producer/butcher can sell it for more.

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01-06-2016, 08:48 AM
RE: Thought experiment - moral vs meat
So it's like Kosher is to Jewish people.

I not sure I see a problem with this scenario.

I think shop/store owners should do what they made their busness for.

To make money.

Not to fight any ethical, or political crusade. But I would imagine it would have to be a business stratagiy. If you see that you have a number of Muslim patrons that live in the area. You could increase sales with this simple sign. This probably wouldn't work if you had a business, lets say in Salt Lake city. Your chief demographic would be the Mormon community. But you also wouldn't want to cut the rest of the community off by saying you only sale to one demographic.

I've had friends that say business owners have the right to sell to anyone that want to. I don't think this should be true. And it can only hurt your business by cutting out any demographic. Like I said most people didn't start a business so they can work 7 days a week, worry about pay rates, raises, zoning restrictions etc etc. They got into it because that wanted to do X(Make cakes, build houses, etc. etc) and make money.

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01-06-2016, 08:57 AM
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Never deceive customers. You are just asking for it to come back back around and bite you in the butt. Your brand reputation is at stake. Your livelihood that you've invested in your business. Your safety for tricking customers.

it's just plain stupid IMO.

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01-06-2016, 09:16 AM
RE: Thought experiment - moral vs meat
(01-06-2016 08:32 AM)Leela Wrote:  Here is your thought experiment for you:

Imagine you are the owner of a small fast food restaurant in the UK or Ireland.
You sell the usual stuff: Burgers, Chips (US - Fries), Doner, Pizza, ... That kind of stuff.

You have noticed that most of the other small fast food places in your area have put signs and notes on their businesses, which state that their meat is Halal.
The following thought enters your mind:
"If I put a sign up for Halal meat but I will buy the normal stuff anyway, I will gain customers without spending more because now also Muslims will come to my business. Because Halal food is special, I can also rise the prize and therefore make an even better business."

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Before you answer, please consider:
* Political situation
* Opinions of your peers and society
* Is there a moral or ethical dilemma?
* Religious rights
* How likely is a law suit?

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Note: No I am not a business owner Wink

Discuss

Generally, committing fraud in business is self destructive so it would not be moral.

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01-06-2016, 09:32 AM
RE: Thought experiment - moral vs meat
Forget that Hallal bit... I'll just figure out how to top their Falafel and win over a bunch of muslim cultured eaters with that.

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01-06-2016, 09:42 AM
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I wonder would it be ok to sell beef to a Hindu and tell them it's lamb or chicken? Consider


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