A restaurant owner in Enid, Okla. inspired a wave of internet trolling after he made anti-gay comments to local news media.
James, the proprietor of Gary’s Chicaros, last week told KFOR, “I’ve been in business 44 years, I think I can spot a freak or a faggot.”
“I don’t deal with these people walking down the street with no jobs on welfare,” he added.
As if that wasn’t enough, James found a way to justify his grotesquely offensive comments.
“If I reached over there and slapped the sh** out of you, you should be offended. But to call someone a ‘chink’ or someone call me a bigot, that doesn’t bother me,” he explained.
After James' statements came out, Facebook users flocked to the restaurant's page with their own personal tales of racial and ability-related discrimination at Gary's Chicaros.
“He doesn’t like certain people of race, color, ethnicity,” said one Matt Gard.
Gard had been coming to Gary’s Chicaros for years, he said, ignoring the unfair way James treated customers—until he missed out on dinner himself. Gard says he was turned away because he showed up at the restaurant in a wheelchair.
“Now, he tried to find a weak excuse not to let me in with my wheelchair or the weak excuse of having loud people with me,” Gard said.
James denies that he refused Gard service due to his disability.
“He created an issue. You only have one time here. You create an issue, you’re out forever,” James said.
The restaurant t-shirt even features a variety of threats and derogatory slogans against gays, Muslims, minorities, black people, and Democrats—just to make sure James has all his hate bases covered.
“I really don’t want gays around. Any man that would compromise his own body would compromise anything,” James told KFOR, adding, “Well if you work, you own a business, pay your taxes, you’re more than welcome here. If you’re on welfare, stay at home and spend my money, there.”
As KFOR reporter Ashley Kringen writes, “Strong words in a small town where no one has challenged his business practices.”
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