Mohammad Sohail, Store Owner who converted would-be Robber to Islam, faces fines for selling Bongs and Hookah Pipes
He did a good thing here, but selling pipes that are only used to smoke haram substances is wrong.
HAUPPAUGE, N.Y. (WPIX) – After the word got out of his act of compassion and kindness, deli owner Mohammad Sohail became an instant star.
That unusual confrontation caught by surveillance cameras shows the shop owner being held up by a masked man armed with a baseball bat. Sohail pulled a rifle on the robber, who then begged for forgiveness, claiming to be hungry and down on his luck.
Sohail gave him $40, and even offered him bread and milk.
However on Thursday, the kind-hearted store owner is facing up to $30,000 in fines.
“I respect the fact that he did something courageous on one occasion, nonetheless I’m convinced he was violating general business law,” said Suffolk County District Attorney Thomas Spota.
The District attorney and a host of elected officials boasting the results of an undercover sting that snagged 7 shops for drug paraphernalia. Sohail’s store was one them.
“Everybody sells these things.” said Sohail.
Some of the items seized like gravity knives that were on display are illegal, but the weapons didn’t come from Sohail’s store, these hookah’s and pipes did. When it comes to smoking pipes, the law gets a little cloudy.
“It’s not illegal to sell it, but it’s illegal to sell it when you know what you’re selling it for,” said Legislator Kate Browning.
That includes selling to teens, or to someone whose intentions are clearly not for tobacco use, but to get high.
Sohail doesn’t face any criminal charges, just hefty civil charges for business law violations. The shop owner is not as concerned about the money as he is about his reputation.
“They try to make me a hero, I don’t want to be a zero,” he told PIX News.
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