Like many couples, Ellie Parker took her girlfriend, Lucy Stenger, out to dinner on their first Valentine’s Day together. But instead of a romantic evening at Asashi Japanese Steakhouse in Lafayette, Indiana, they were allegedly insulted by their chef, Mic reported.
“Our chef came to grill our food for us and was asking everyone if the person with them was their boyfriend or husband. He got to my girlfriend and I and asked where our valentines were. We told him we were each other's valentines,” Parker wrote on Facebook.
“He proceeds to say ‘well it is legal, but it's such a waste to not have a man.’ Later he continues to insult our relationship by saying he could come home with us to ‘heat things up.’”
Parker and Stenger were holding hands and Parker wrote that she was “appalled that I would receive this kind of treatment.
“I cannot believe I paid over $50 to have my relationship insulted and sexualized.”
Parker wrote on their receipt “Don’t tell lesbians they need a man on Valentine’s Day” on the tip line and posted a photo of it along with her story, which went viral. Nearly 6,000 people have shared Parker’s post on Facebook.
There was almost a resolution to Parker and Stenger’s tale. Late on the evening of Feb. 14, Parker wrote in a comment: “Thank you all for the support! The restaurant did refund our money, but nothing can make up for the way we were treated. I hope sharing this helps others avoid this situation in the future.”
However, on Feb. 16, Parker’s mother, Aimée Parker, wrote, “UPDATE: The restaurant would only refund her money if she removes her post. I'm proud that my daughter knows that no amount of money is worth compromising her values or hiding the truth!”
So far, Parker’s post is still online.