Original URL: http://www.theregister.co.uk/2010/03/16/jobcentre_jedi/

Jobcentre ejects Jedi Knight

Refuses to dehood, stormtroopers intervene

By Lester Haines

Posted in Bootnotes, 16th March 2010 12:53 GMT

A Southend Jedi Knight who refused to dehood in his local Jobcentre was escorted from the premises by security stormtroopers, the Sun reports.

Chris Jarvis, 31, is described as a Star Wars fan and member of the International Church of Jediism. Said church's intergalactic hoodie uniform is at odds with the strict doctrine of the Department for Work and Pensions, which may require Jobcentre "customers" to remove crash helmets or hoods for "security reasons".

Following his ejection, Jarvis filled out a complaint form and within three days got a written apology from branch boss Wendy Flewers. She said: "We are committed to provide a customer service which embraces diversity and respects customers' religion."

Jediism was officially "recognised" as a religion back in 2001. At the time, no one could have suspected the potential pitfalls of acknowledging this apparently harmless sect, but Jedi hoods may now join burqas on the list of possible threats to national security.

Regarding burqas and the like, Jarvis protested: "I was just standing up for my beliefs. Muslims can walk around in whatever religious gear they like, so why can't I?"

Fair enough, but here's a handy suggestion for avoiding aggro: the next time you're confronted by security operatives, just dismiss them with a wave of the hand and a "this is not the hoodie you're looking for" and go about your job hunting in peace. ®