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Gay Pastor Lied About Anti-Gay Slur On Whole Foods Cake, Tried To Sue

We’ve all heard the phrase, “you can’t have your cake and eat it, too,” and the man who tried to sue Whole Foods in April — after claiming a Whole Foods employee wrote a homophobic slur on a cake he ordered — proved that statement to be true.

In a statement Monday, Pastor Jordan Brown of Austin, Texas, told the media he would not be pursuing further legal action against Whole Foods concerning this matter. The original video, posted to Kaplan Law Firm’s YouTube account, has also been removed.

In his statement, Brown, who is openly gay, issued an apology to Whole Foods and the bakery department employee. Brown also admitted that his claim was purposely inaccurate, according to several news outlets, including the Sacramento Bee and The Dallas Morning News.

“Today I am dismissing my lawsuit against Whole Foods Market. The company did nothing wrong. I was wrong to pursue this matter and use the media to perpetuate this story. I want to apologize to Whole Foods and its team members for questioning the company’s commitment to its values, and especially the bakery associate who I understand was put in a terrible position because of my actions. I apologize to the LGBT community for diverting attention from real issues. I also want to apologize to my partner, my family, my church family, and my attorney.”

In response, Whole Foods issued a statement on its website. The grocery chain also referred to the incident as a hoax:

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The story that sparked this bizarre case started in April when Pastor Jordan Brown purchased a cake from an Austin, Texas, Whole Foods Bakery, and requested the cake be inscribed with “Love Wins.” Instead, Brown said he discovered the phrase “Love Wins Fag.” He then quickly filed a lawsuit against Whole Foods.

Things escalated when Whole Foods brought a countersuit against Brown for defamation. Whole Foods also claimed that neither the brand nor the employee committed any wrongdoings.

Questions regarding the legitimacy of Brown’s claim began to circulate after Whole Foods posted an in-store video of Brown purchasing the cake. The video showed the UPC label in a different location after he took the cake home.

After this whole fiasco, we hope there isn’t too much love lost because, after all, “love wins.”

 

 

Photo Credit: Danger And Play 

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Woman Allegedly Gets Thrown Out of Urth Caffe For Being Muslim

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A popular cafe franchise in Southern California is under fire after an employee allegedly kicked out a woman for being Muslim.

Sara Farsakh, a Muslim woman, was dining at Urth Caffe’s Laguna Hills location last night when a employee by the name of “Tino” approached her table. Farsakh wrote on in a Facebook post:

“Tino explained that they were anticipating a busy evening and needed to clear tables and that per their policy anyone that had been there for over 45 minutes was required to share or give up their table to other customers.”

However, Farsakh and her group had just gotten there and the policy only applies when the restaurant is clearly busy, Farsakh took video footage of the numerous tables that were available and the short line out front.

“We told Tino that our orders had just arrived and that we couldn’t reasonably finish and leave within 10 minutes. He said it didn’t matter and we had to leave.”

“The party on the table next to us (a group of white women) overheard our conversation and were shocked. They told us they had been sitting far longer than we had but had never been told to prepare to leave.”

After trying to reach the owner via other staff members to no avail, the police were called to escort the women off the premises. The officers reminded the woman that an establishment as the right to refused service to anyone regardless of the reason.

“I truly believe that because I was sitting with visibly Muslim women, we were singled out when we were asked to leave. I can’t even begin to express the feelings of embarrassment and humiliation as police officers were called to escort out a group of Muslim women from a restaurant. Shame on you Urth Caffe for your disgusting and racist treatment of paying customers.”

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Since Farsakh’s post has gone viral, Urth Caffe’s Yelp and Facebook pages have been flooded with negative reviews for their Laguna Hills Location.

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Here’s Farsakh’s Facebook post in full.

We’ve reached out to Urth Caffe for a comment and will update this post once they respond.

 

Written by Editorial Staff, NextShark

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How One Man’s Request For An Anti-Gay Cake Turned Into A Civil Rights Landmark

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So a man in Colorado walked into a bakery with designs for an anti-gay cake. While this sounds like the build-up to a tasteless joke, it actually turned into a huge win for civil rights.

Last March, William Jack asked the Denver-based Azucar Bakery to create two cakes for him in the shape of Bibles. The cakes would then quote anti-gay verses and feature an image of two groomsmen holding hands. Their hands would then be crossed out.

The owner of the bakery, Marjorie Silva, refused Jack’s request and told him that her bakery does not discriminate against groups of people. She did, however, offer to make the Bible cakes and give Jack the icing to decorate his cakes any way he wanted.

Jack was not pleased with this decision. The dissatisfied customer took the case to the Colorado Civil Rights Division, ironically, for discriminating against him. Silva, however, refuted the claim saying that she refused to serve him based on his request of “derogatory language and imagery.”

According to sources, the ruling stated that Silva would not accept orders discriminating against gays just as she wouldn’t accept orders discriminating against Christians. Essentially, the bakery would refuse to make a cake that discriminated against anyone. Period.

The Colorado Rights Division ruled in favor of Silva, last week. The past year has been an intense one for Silva and her bakery, but she stands firmly behind her decision and is glad she won.

Jack, however, plans to appeal this decision.

 

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ALLEGED IRONY: Taco Bell Employee Fired for Hiring Latino Workers

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Juanita O’Connell, a former manager of Taco Bell is suing the popular chain. The reason for her lawsuit is that she claimed to have been fired for hiring Hispanics. Wait, what? According to Courthouse News, one of O’Connell’s supervisors saw a Latino employee working at the store she managed. Allegedly, the supervisor told O’Connell, “Didn’t I tell you not to hire Hispanics?”

HuffPo reports that Taco Bell has denied any allegations of the statement, though they are launching an investigation to gather all the facts. O’Connell’s attorney Joel Paul told the Post that O’Connell’s area coach had already told her to stop hiring Latinos before the incident in question occurred. She continued to do so, however, believing this to be a discriminatory practice.

Paul also mentions that two weeks after the incident, O’Connell’s supervisors came to the Indianapolis store to punish her for violating an E-Verify procedure, an online system that determines eligibility to work in the US, that may have happened when she hired an undocumented worker. The supervisors wrote O’Connell up and fired her hours later.

The 60-year-old O’Connell is currently suing the chain for back pay and damages. She had been working at Taco Bell since 1987. Ironically, the chain is best-known for their Mexican cuisine-inspired menu.

 

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Craving A Pre-Flight Snack? Eh, Better Not — Airline Now Charging Passengers By Weight

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It’s “the fairest way of traveling,” head of the Samoa Air airline Chris Langton told Australia’s ABC Radio.

Samoa Air has become the world’s first airline to implement a new pricing policy which determines passenger’s fare based on the combined weights of themselves and their baggage.

“Airlines don’t run on seats, they run on weight, and particularly the smaller the aircraft you are in the less variance you can accept in terms of the difference in weight between passengers,” Langton said.

Since November of last year, the small, two-plane, charter passenger airline has adopted new fare rates which start at $1 per kilo (or 2.2 pounds) and run as high as $4.16 per kilo on all international flights, including those between American Samoa and Samoa.

According to the Miami Herald, “That means the average American man weighing 195 pounds with a 35-pound bag would pay $97 to go one-way between Apia, Samoa, and Pago Pago, American Samoa. Competitors typically charge $130 to $140 roundtrip for similar routes.”

To make up for the increased fee, Langton has said that passengers who need more room will be given one row on the plane to ensure comfort and that families with children can now qualify for much cheaper fares.

Still, despite the airline’s hopes to the contrary, the new fare model is unlikely to be adopted by commercial airlines, having already faced a flurry of accusations regarding the potential sexism and discrimination of the model and its overall unfairness. Some netizens have suggested that instead of basing whole fares on weight, airlines should instead install a surcharge, considering a plane’s total operating costs are not based on fuel usage alone, but also include staff costs and taxes, among other things.

Others have praised the genius of the idea, asking why more airlines didn’t think of this sooner.

Kinda makes us wish those Dunkin’ Donuts Bacon Salad Wraps didn’t taste so good.

H/T ConsumeristMiami HeraldBBC + PicThx Business Insider

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Former NBA Player Sues Restaurant for Discrimination

He shoots! He… sues? Former NBA player Joe Barry Carroll is suing the Tavern at Phipps in Atlanta, Georgia with the argument that he and his associate were victims of a discriminatory restaurant policy.

Carroll and his associate Joseph Shaw were escorted out of the upscale bar in August of 2006 when they refused to give up their seats to white women. The restaurant claims they were merely enforcing a “good manners” policy that has been implemented at the restaurant for over 20 years. The bar tender who was serving Carroll at the time claims that there were no other men at the bar. When the two refused to give up their seats, the two were escorted out of the restaurant by security.

Carroll’s attorney Jefferey Bramlett alleges that after interviewing current and former staff of the bar, the restaurant encourages behavior that is discriminatory towards African Americans such as slow-serving blacks during hectic times and systematically limiting the number of black staffers

(via Yahoo! Sports)