A Safeway cashier in the District of
Columbia has apologized for calling a gay couple “faggots,” gay
weekly Metro Weekly reported.
According to Brendan Harrington and
Jason Morgan, a cashier at their local Safeway grocery store brazenly
called the couple “fucking faggots” to their faces.
“We put our groceries up on the
conveyer belt, some frozen dinner and wine, and [the cashier] said,
'Oh God, they're faggots,'” said
Morgan. “And then Brendan said, 'I'm sorry I didn't hear what
you said.' And she said, 'You guys are fucking faggots.'”
After the cashier, who said her name
was D'Angela, ignored the men's request to speak to the manager, they
decided to walk out of the store.
“I shouldn't have to put up with this
when I'm buying groceries,” Harrington said. “It's disgusting.”
When neighbor Andrew Kloman heard the
news, he visited the store to speak to with the cashier, who agreed
to an on-camera apology. (The video is embedded in the right panel
of this page.)
The apology, however, failed to mollify
the couple, who characterized it as insincere.
“We’re really offended that she’s
still working there," Morgan said, "and that she was kind
of laughing through the apology. Had this been some other corporate
business, the person would have been suspended until the
investigation was found out and clearly that wasn’t done. Somebody
was able to walk in and video tape her easier than we were able to
walk in and find the general manager, which we never found.”
The men have filed a complaint with the
D.C. Office of Human Rights.
under fire for dismissing gay employee.)