(As posted to my Gazette blog)
File this one under You Can’t Believe Everything You Read . . .
I’m not sure how I feel about the reported karmic fallout that is happening to a Texas restaurant, called Big Earl’s Bait House and Country Store. Not that how I feel makes a bit of difference (but I digress).
Big Earl’s has run afoul of LGBT activists after one of the waitresses there reportedly told a gay couple not to come back, saying “We don’t serve fags here,” according to numerous reports, including a CBS affiliate I am quoting here.
Now, apparently, activists are conducting a social media campaign painting the restaurant in satirical reviews as a “highly rated gay bar” and “the best gay cruisier joint in Texas.”
Yes, it does seem like a situation out of a screwy Hollywood B comedy. Some would say the restaurant is getting its, er, just desserts, perhaps . . .
But I’m not sure if any good will come out of it, and I fear it could lead to some ugly situations if LGBT folks show up there, as some plan to do, apparently. Big Earl’s has, reportedly, said it is ready for an influx of new (gay) customers, reports the CBS site: “If there’s any problems, they will be taken care of appropriately,” says Christina Cheney, who is Big Earl’s daughter and the waitress who made the homophobic remark. “We are aware that they are attempting to come out here. We’re ready for them; we have informed the Sheriff’s department and the state.”
I don’t think there are any laws in Texas that prevent restaurants from discriminating against people, meaning they are allowed to turn away customers. According to a New York Daily News report, they have a sign on the door saying this: “Welcome to Big Earl’s where men act like men, women act like ladies. No saggy pants and we reserve the right to refuse service to anyone.”
Diners, be warned.