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Osama? Or Santa?

Oscar Brufani, a 52-year-old small business owner who delivers potato chips in Buenos Aires, Argentina, is suing Wal-Mart because one of its stores refuses to allow him to deliver there. Brufani claims that in Oct. 2004, a Wal-Mart store manager approached him and said he could no longer make deliveries there because of employee complaints that he looked like Osama Bin Laden. The long-bearded Brufani, whose parents were Italian immigrants, has continued making potato chip deliveries to his other customers. He said that he will go out of business, however, if he cannot resume working for Wal-Mart. Wal-Mart apparently issued a press release saying Brufani’s charge was unfounded according to Spiegel Online. It’s also unclear whether or not the corporation, if it did ban Brufani, violated any of Argentina’s anti-discrimination laws.

Brufani also claims he was recently offered a position as a rival chain to work as Santa Claus.

–M. L. Liu

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