Gary’s Chicaros restaurant, located in Enid, Okla., is being accused of denying service to a disabled customer.
Matt Gard, who uses a wheelchair, claims that restaurant owner Gary James (pictured) banned him from the eatery because of his disability. Maybe. Or maybe it's because he collects disability payments.
“Well if you work, you own a business, pay your taxes, you’re more than welcome here,” James told KFOR. “If you’re on welfare, stay at home and spend my money, there. I don’t deal with these people walking down the street with no jobs on welfare.”
“He [also] doesn’t like certain people of race, color, ethnicity,” Gard said of James.
James bragged to KFOR, “I’ve been in business 44 years, I think I can spot a freak or a f-----."
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"If I reached over there and slapped the s--- out of you, you should be offended, but to call someone a c---- or someone call me a bigot, that doesn’t bother me,” added James.
The restaurant’s official t-shirt includes an anti-gay slur, the N-word, and threatens Muslims, Democrats and minorities.
James defended the shirt and told News 9, "If you come in here with all the in your face and a limp wrist, no I don't really want you in here and my customers damn sure don't want you in here."
However, James also seemed to be unaware that he was likely violating civil rights laws, which include public accommodation based on race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability and age.
Amazingly, James is running for a seat on the local city council, which he thinks he'll win.