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Friday, February 07, 2014

Conservatism as an excuse to be a prick: example no. 8,306,372

Raw Story - Oklahoma restaurant won't serve 'freaks,' 'f*ggots,' the disabled and welfare recipients
Raw Story: A restaurant outside of Oklahoma City is facing criticism after its outspoken owner made a series of inflammatory comments after one of his former customers, who is disabled, complained that he’d been banned from the establishment.

Matt Gard claims that the owner of Gary’s Chicaros restaurant, Gary James, banned him from the restaurant because of his wheelchair. James, however, says otherwise: “He created an issue. You only have one time here. You create an issue, you’re out forever.”

Gard claims that’s just “a weak excuse,” and that James’s real problem with him is that he’s on disability.

James doesn’t deny that he thinks some people shouldn’t patronize his restaurant. “Well if you work, you own a business, pay your taxes, you’re more than welcome here,” he 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.”

Gard also claims that James has routinely turned away customers for decades. “He doesn’t like certain people of race, color, ethnicity,” Gard said of James.

James told KFOR that he’s owned Gary’s Chicaros for 44 years, so he “think[s] I can spot a freak or a f*ggot.”
There’s more and you should read it if you can stomach it, otherwise you get the idea. Why this clown hasn’t had the pants sued off him under the Citizens with Disabilities Act or any segregationist era laws is beyond me. The man’s a dinosaur.

"The restaurant’s official t-shirt makes it clear that a ‘f*ggot’ isn’t welcome in James’s establishment," the report goes on. "It features that word, the N-word, and threatens violence against Muslims, Democrats, and members of many minority groups."

"Appalling, bigoted, discriminatory behavior is regularly displayed at this establishment," says one Yelp reviewer. “The owner, Gary James, refuses to serve wheelchair bound persons, black people, Hispanics, mixed race couples, gay people, people who wear hats, people who ask for Budweiser, liberals, men with longish hair, people wearing clothes he doesn’t approve of, people with facial piercings, on and on, ad nauseum.  If you pass first inspection, don’t think you’ve got it made - if he doesn’t approve of an overheard conversation, if he decides you are too effeminate, if your politics don’t agree with his, if you don’t like the way your steak is cooked, if you cheer for the wrong team, etc etc, Mr. James will charge you more for your meal.”

Bonus fun: the food sucks. The reviewer complains of a “mediocre steak” and says the menu is short on side dishes. “At Chicaro’s the only things you get with your meat are hate, indigestion and stale cigarette smoke,” the reviewer concludes.

Of course, this is just another example of a conservative using conservatism as an excuse to be a dick. There are people who trollishly thrive on negative reactions and use hate to trigger them. The American right is sadly full of these clowns. What’s more disturbing is the fact that he’s been in business for 44 years. If he’s been this bigoted all that time, then what the fuck is wrong with Enid, Oklahoma? This is KKK level stuff. If the food is as bad as they say, then it’s hard to fathom why people would frequent the place other than to support this sort of bigotry (I refer back to the t-shirts as evidence — that alone should drive people who aren’t actual Nazis away in droves).

Apparently, we’ve discovered a whole community of assholes who either hate like neo-Nazis or think it’s funny to watch people react to neo-Nazis. Either way, fuck this town.

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