Originally Posted by MommaFox
So yesterday, I get celled in for a random drug test at work. I go on down to the hospital and get ready to make my "donation" I'm asked to take off my coat and leave anything that might be in my pockets behind. The the lady says "I'm sorry to say, but the 'do rag has to come off too." I spent perhaps 10 seconds trying to decide whether I should giver her an education or just go along with her ignorance. Being terribly shy and lacking the diplomatic skills to be polite when I'm not shy, I took my covering off and left it behind. That and I'm pretty sure if I hadn't she would have had to watch me pee.
Anyone else experience this sort of thing?
I would have said it's a religious covering. And peeing in front of someone wouldn't phase me; in the military that's always how urinalysis samples were taken--at one point I actually had duty watching people pee, too. Whatever.
Originally Posted by onyxravnos
yeah i thought about making a fuss at the DMV but in the end decided not to... just a lot of hassle for the 4 sec picture... It did occur to me though what do they do with more 'obvious' religious reasons like a muslim woman in full dress?
The MVD here didn't even blink. They asked if it was a religious covering, I said yes, and that was that. My ID photo has me covered.
I have a kapp I wear sometimes. I used a mennonite-style pattern, but a patterned fabric so it's not something an actual plain-dresser would be likely to wear, if that makes any sense. I also sometimes wear a Dublin cap outside of my SCA garb. It's based on a 9th or 10th century Norse find.
The questions I get the most are from the Somali girls at work, and other immigrant muslims who make up our customer base. They always ask where I'm from. I say "Idaho" or "Texas", and they kind of scratch their heads. Clearly they don't get why a non-Muslim American girl is covering. I also get compliments from them, though!