A Texas man said he was discriminated against after he received a cake with an anti-gay slur inscribed on it (video below). Now he's suing the store who gave him the cake.
Pastor Jordan Brown said he visited the Whole Foods flagship store in Austin on April 14 to get a cake for one of his congregation members, KXAN reports.
Brown wanted the words "Love Wins" to be inscribed on the cake. He said an employee took the cake to the prep table, sealed it with a sticker, and handed the cake over to him.
It wasn’t until Brown was at a stoplight that he looked at the cake and realized it had an extra word inscribed on it. It read, "Love Wins F**," according to the lawsuit that Brown has filed via Kaplan Law Firm PLLC.
In a video that Brown recorded, he shows the sealed cake and receipt.
Brown said he called the Whole Foods corporate office but didn’t get a call back. He then called the flagship store directly and spoke to a team leader.
According to Brown, the team leader was apologetic at first and said he planned to fire whomever was responsible. Brown was also offered a gift card and a replacement cake.
However, two hours later, Brown was called back, and the team leader told him that Whole Foods came to the conclusion that the store and bakery associate had done nothing wrong.
Whole Foods issued the following statement:
Our team member wrote ‘Love Wins’ at the top of the cake as requested by the guest, and that’s exactly how the cake was packaged and sold at the store. Our team members do not accept or design bakery orders that include language or images that are offensive. Whole Foods Market has a zero tolerance policy for discrimination. We stand behind our bakery team member, who is part of the LGBTQ community, and the additional team members from the store, who confirmed the cake was decorated with only the message ‘Love Wins.’
Despite the company’s statement, Brown insisted the anti-gay slur was in fact inscribed by the Whole Foods employee. In his video, Brown also notes that the store told him they would handle the incident internally and asked him not to reach out to anybody about it.
"Saying f** is the same as calling me [the n-word]," Brown, who is black, said during a press conference, according to WXAN. "As a pastor, I forgive her. I’m praying for her that she would have a change of heart."