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BP Employee Refuses To Call 911 After Gay Man Attacked At Gas Station

hate crime, gay man attacked, detroit, gay news, gay blog
Justin Alesna (and his mean shiner)

Justin Alesna, 23, was called gay slurs and beaten by an angry customer while standing in line to purchase cigarettes at a Detroit BP gas station. The attacker called Alesna a “fucking faggot” and a “fucking homo” for standing too close in line, before flashing a gun, and punching Alesna in the face several times.

When Alesna managed to get his bearings, the clerk said, “Bro, kill it. I don’t have time to be cleaning up this mess.” And when asked to call the police, since a customer was just a victim of a brutal hate crime, the BP employee refused, and kicked Alesna out of the store.

Really, BP? REALLY? I’m sure this will be spun as the homophobia and incompetence of a single employee rather than a company-wide distaste for the gay community. And to be frank, it probably is. Nevertheless, a gay man was beaten in a BP gas station, and was refused help by the BP employee behind the counter.

It’s safe to assume that BP, responsible for the Gulf of Mexico oil spill last year – the largest ecological disaster on American soil in our nation’s history – wasn’t going to be winning any Company of the Year awards in 2011. But that’s no reason to just throw the freaking towel in and start gunning for the Most Careless Company On Planet Earth just yet.

This is ridiculous. Do you even have any capacity for disappointment in BP left within you at this point? We’re fresh out.

  • Anonymous

    I think we are a litigious society to a fault but this case screams for LAWSUIT !!!!!!

  • It’s not BP’s fault that they hired an idiot for an employee but he should definitely be fired. There is NO excuse for his actions. He should have never denied calling the police – in fact, i would almost guarantee that BP’s policy is to call the police when there is any altercation, especially one involving injuries.

  • Justice Calo Reign

    Alright for gay boys fighting back! Never victims! 10 bucks says that the attacker had been to prison and has forced himself on another inmate. The perps of hate crimes are ALWAYS dealing with their own internal self-hate issues. Proud of him for standing up for himself. Be empowered! Loved his message.. the only way it gets better.. is by actually doing something!

  • Scott Jones

    You are really blaming BP for the actions of one idiot employee? In Detroit? Fire the employee but it has nothing to do with BP as a company.

  • no one cares for anyone anymore. Thats probably why this nation is dying ::wink wink::.

  • Yeah, I think blaming BP as a corporation for the actions of one employee is really the wrong way to go. This is about the culture of violence and the acceptance of it in certain parts of Detroit. BP has no corporate policy that instructs cashiers not to call the police to report hate crimes. Also, as we learned with many ill-conceived boycotts of BP stations, BP doesn’t own every station that sells BP gas.
    This cashier likely doesn’t even work for BP, rather a smaller local corporation that is a franchise for BP.
    There ARE many reasons to hate BP, but this isn’t one of them.