When a customer at a restaurant complains to management that the gay man who served them was too much of a “f*ggot” for them to enjoy their meal, the last thing those people deserve is an apology — but that’s what a customer received at a Houston, Texas restaurant last Wednesday.
Nineteen-year-old Blake Butler, a server at Kelley’s Country Cookin’ in Houston, Texas feels hurt and angry after his manager actually apologized to a customer who complained about his “flamboyance.”
“Don’t want to listen to a f*ggot through my whole meal,” the hateful customer wrote the receipt.
“I just thought it was disgusting,” Butler told ABC13. But he says that his manager’s reaction was just as bad as the customer’s bigoted sentiment. “Instead of having my back and be like, you know, ‘That’s my employee. I can’t have you talking about my employees like that.’ She was like, ‘Oh. It’s OK. I’m sorry,'” Butler said.
The owner, attempting to diffuse the siruation, said he would have confronted the customers about the complaint. However, he was not there that day, and says the manager was placed in an uncomfortable position. Butler told the station that he can usually dismiss hateful commentary, but felt this needed to be addressed.
His attempt to bring the situation to the public’s attention also forced the server to “come out” to his parents so they would not hear that their son is gay on the news. “I recently came out to my parents today because I didn’t want them to find out on the news. I just finally said it,” he explained.
Butler is now out of a job. He says he was terminated, while the restaurant maintains that he quit. As for the slur, he respects everyone’s right to a personal opinion but suggests that they not air their hatred in public.
“Everybody’s entitled to their own opinion, but instead of leaving the opinion out for everyone to see, just keep it to yourself,” Butler said.
Watch a report on the incident, below: