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Pastor's tips for avoiding “flaming foo-foo Fruit Loop” waiters
By Pastor Adam Fannin, Pastor, Stedfast Baptist Church
If I ever go to a restaurant and sit down and here comes this flaming foo-foo fruit loop – I’m just like, oh great. I’m here to have a date night, enjoy some time with my wife and because of the lisps, I can’t even, you know.
My recommendation – if you don’t just get up and leave – my recommendation is just don’t order anything. You sit there patiently and look around and you will find a lady that looks like a mom, that looks like a very diligent worker.
You will find somebody that you notice that’s busy, that’s doing stuff. You say, "Yeah, that’s the one right there!" You walk up to them and you say, "Hey, what’s your name? Have we had you before? Can we get you over here?" I guarantee you it always works. That’s how you avoid a gay waiter.
Unsurprisingly, Stedfast Baptist is on the Southern Poverty Law Center’s list titled Active Anti-LGBT Hate Groups.
Couple refuse service by that "flamboyant" gay waiter
By Dan Tracer
File this in the uncomfortably overflowing “horrible homophobic service industry experiences” folder.
A gay server has taken his story of discrimination online after encountering a straight couple who demanded a new server after being seated in his section.
The reason? They wanted someone who wasn’t so “flamboyant.”
Redditor PhiPhiAokigahara posted about the infuriating experience, which became an even bigger insult after he reported it to management.
In the post, titled “We demand a new server, we don’t want this flamboyant gay one,” he writes:
“I serve at a well-known chain Italian restaurant and was making my rounds in my section tonight. That included greeting two older white people.
“I pleasantly collected their drink order and let them know they can take their time with the menus and to let me know when they’re ready.
“I’m in the kitchen talking to a co-worker when the host comes through.
“‘Phiphi do you have 32?’ ‘Yeah, why?’ ‘Well...they want a new server...uhh its because you’re? gay’ Cue my freak-out. Apparently the moment I left the table the husband stormed to the host stand and loudly demanded a non flamboyantly gay server because “he’s a man of God and can’t be around that.”
Phiphi reported the unacceptable behavior to his manager. That’s when the night got even worse.
I told my manager immediately in hopes that this guest would be removed. Did that happen? Nope. My manager initially gave them a stern talking to but I guess they were so polite in response my manager saw fit to not only give them full service but leave them in my section in plain sight of me despite my protests.
Luckily, not all the diners in Phiphi’s section were of such strong “moral” character.
“I was fortunate to have a regular in my section to watch the whole thing and her grandson (2) gave me a hug with so much enthusiasm while she glared down the homophobes.”
Still, Phiphi “spent the next hour in the back mostly in shock.”
“Safe to say it ruined my night,” he added.
That same regular called to complain to the unnamed chain restaurant.
Assuredly sensing lawsuit territory, Phiphi got a phone call the next day:
“I woke up today to a phone call from my boss. My regular called my manager, my general manager AND the district manager to tell them how absolutely infuriated she was over it. I got to listen to the manager who allowed their stay to apologise over and over again. It felt great to hear him so panicked over it all.
Next time the guests will be removed immediately when they make prejudiced remarks (like they should have been from the beginning!) But seriously, who does this?!
Missouri Republican Rick Brattin claims gays aren’t human
Missouri state representative Rick Brattin doesn’t think gay people are human beings, reports Bil Browning.
In a shocking statement made on the House floor during debate on a bill that would protect LGBT people from discrimination, Brattin made it explicitly clear that in his mind, homosexuality and humanity are incompatible.
“When you look at the tenets of religion, of the Bible, of the Qur’an, of other religions,” he said Monday, “there is a distinction between homosexuality and just being a human being.”
Missouri does not have any protections for LGBT people. They can be denied credit, be fired from their job, evicted from an apartment, and denied service at restaurants and bars.
The attempt to add sexual orientation and gender identity to the state’s civil rights laws was withdrawn.
Instead, Republican legislators passed a bill that would require anyone suing for discrimination to prove that it was the motivating factor instead of a contributing factor – a distinction that effectively guts all existing civil rights laws currently in place.
“Today, we can make a change that will help our employers,” Republican Joe Don McGaugh said. “No one in this room is for discrimination. We will still be a no-tolerance state.”
The state senate sponsor of the bill to make it easier for companies to fend off allegations of misconduct is currently being sued for discrimination.