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(Wisconsin Gazette)   Restaurant owner faces $5,000 judgment for starting gay rumor about customer   ( divider line
    More: Silly, Texas Supreme Court, Johnson County, morris, central nervous systems, trial court, own  
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2012-02-06 9:57:53 AM  
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I was going to say something about this ruling would indicate that there is something wrong with being gay which seems quite wrong. Like would you offer money to someone for hurting a white guy's reputation by suggesting he's black? Then I read it was in Texas. No hope anyway.
2012-02-06 8:11:49 PM  
1 vote:

cgraves67: If a member of the waitstaff were to harrass me in any way, such as this, I would demonstrate my displeasure by taking my business elsewhere and letting the business owner know that they are losing my custom. I cannot fathom why this person returned to the restaurant every day for 20 years with this going on.

"The food is so good, I endured their homophobic remarks for twenty years to the detriment of my health"

I'm going to bet that the restaurant was bought up by new owner/operators in about 2006 or so. Alvarado, TX has a population of under 5,000, eight churches and is the Johnson County seat. In short, it's a small town that's about an hour south of the Dallas-Fort Worth area. This is one of those places that is small enough for nearly everyone to have a passing acquaintance and it's likely the plaintiff is an unwed, older male who ate daily at the town's only full service restaurant because he either does not have the time, the knowledge or the inclination to cook his own meals. He may have even been joined at the restaurant on multiple occasions by a friend.

In a situation like that, a smart ass business owner thinking she's being funny by insinuating the customer is gay, knowing damn well he likely doesn't have many dining options beyond her establishment can go elsewhere. In turn, this caused the customer to lose business when folks needed appliances repaired, opted to go with another firm out of town rather than give their hard earned, God blessed money to some gay guy. They know he's gay because the woman that runs the restaurant keeps asking him about his husband.

As stupid as it sounds, the guy had a case and likely tried it in small claims court. This is one of those decisions Farkers should cheer - in the case of the restaurant owner, stupidity is being financially painful.
2012-02-06 3:28:08 PM  
1 vote:
Only $5000?

It must have been true.
2012-02-06 2:41:11 PM  
1 vote:
It's impossible to tell from the story if Phong Van Meter the Rumourmonger is male or female. NTTIAWWT.
2012-02-06 2:11:05 PM  
1 vote:

wildcardjack: [ image 640x868]

Sharing a drink and fries is gay.
2012-02-06 1:40:46 PM  
1 vote:

Kraut10: I'm still confused as to why it took 20 years for this guy to get tired of this woman's shiat. Was the food there really THAT good? I would have walked out without finishing my meal the first time a resturant owner or employee made me feel like that. Don't care what they were emplying. Just one more example of what is wrong with american buisness today, once apon a time "the customer was always right" and most places were gratefull for your buisness and hard earned cash. Now they could care less if you are right and feel YOU should feel privilaged that they even let you through the door!

I wonder why...
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Degrading intestinal tracts for over 25 years.
2012-02-06 1:19:47 PM  
1 vote:

cefm: Oddly enough, as the stigma associated with being openly gay disappears, so will the justification for this lawsuit.

Nope, it'll still be there. Regardless of stigma, it's an accusation of misrepresentation. He has represented himself as a straight man; she has attempted to call that representation into question without just cause. If I represent myself as having a bachelor's in math and you claim to the public that, in fact, I have a degree in, say, communications, then you implicitly assert that I have lied and misrepresented myself.
2012-02-06 1:10:14 PM  
1 vote:
Yeah, this one's a puzzler. In Normal-world, it's not a slur to state mistakenly - joking or not - that someone is gay. It's just dumb. Pointless. So on those grounds, no damages should be recoverable.

But this is Texas, and the restaurant owner does sound like she was being rather dickish, just because she was making the same ridiculous statement about a customer over and over, regardless of its content.

Sounds like she got off lucky with $5,000.

Next case!
2012-02-06 10:05:42 AM  
1 vote:

WorldCitizen: I was going to say something about this ruling would indicate that there is something wrong with being gay which seems quite wrong.

A rumor's a rumor, whether you agree the particular insinuation itself should be viewed negatively. It was intended to hurt.

I'm just not so sure how damaging it really was. Pretty tenuous connection between cause and effect IMHO. The guy was a regular. Two maybe three times a day? I would think the other patrons knew him pretty well.
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