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Panic at the Sizzler! Manager Allegedly Assaults Lesbian Buffet-Lover

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id=”attachment_9425″ Hide your steaks! Hide your lesbians!

Can’t a lesbian enjoy a nice breakfast buffet at a classy joint with some lady pals without being beaten for being a “fucking dyke”? Eh?

On September 18, 2010, Liza Friedlander and two friends went to a Sizzler restaurant in Forest Hills, Queens for the breakfast buffet. After paying, Friedlander served herself from the buffet. As Friedlander was walking back toward her table to join her companions, a Sizzler manager aggressively approached her. In front of other restaurant patrons, the manager began yelling at Friedlander, accusing her of not paying for the breakfast buffet. He violently shoved Friedlander in the chest, causing her to fall backward, and kicked her in the legs while yelling for her to get out of the Sizzler and calling her a “fucking dyke.”

The Sizzler dining room quickly devolved into a threatening scene when patrons began terrorizing Ms. Friedlander, with Sizzler patrons screaming at her, spewing homophobic and hate-filled epithets. A male diner began yelling at Friedlander, calling her a “he-she freak” and demanding that she leave the restaurant. Another man threatened to take Ms. Friedlander outside and sexually assault her, threatening that he would show her “what a dick is.” The man then threw objects at Friedlander. Finally, after police arrived, a battered Friedlander was taken by ambulance to a nearby hospital.

The complaint filed by Lambda Legal argues that the Forest Hills Sizzler, owned and operated by Waroge Met, Ltd., a Queens-based company, violated the New York City and State Civil and Human Rights Laws because Friedlander was violently attacked and discriminated against based on her actual or perceived sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, and sex in a place of public accommodation.

Three girlfriends out to breakfast in New York City? What does this remind me of…

Ah yes.

For the record, the manager denies the incident and claims that Friedlander was the aggressor. We’ll keep you posted as this goes to trial.

(via Lambda Legal)

  • Hopefully a nice prison sentence and major lawsuit is in the near future for that manager as well as the restaurant. Miss Friedlander needs to go all out with this. Seek the maximum punishments she possibly can. Hopefully they find the patrons who were throwing stuff at her so they can fill some charges on them as well. I hope we can stay updated with this story as I would love to know the outcome.

  • I would have gotten the scene where Charlotte was on a date with the guy that just liked to fight.

  • Heather Smith

    This is really awful and I hope the law smacks the shit out of him.

    Also, I really don’t see how the video relates to this, nor do I think it’s really appropriate or tasteful, given the circumstances. :

  • Elizabeth Gombos

    Inappropriate video.  Somebody from the gay community was assaulted and if you want to continue to be a voice for the gay community I suggest you do it tastefully.

  • What I don’t understand, is why we are only hearing about it today unless I’m reading the October date of last year wrong.

    Michelle

  • Nicole Schock

    I hope she gets enough out of this suit to buy that Sizzler and become that assholes boss.

  • The situation is awful but I have to admit that what you said made me laugh very hard.

  • Of course a lesbian taking a buffet would attack the manager of a restaurant. Moron.

  • Kayla Garza

    That’s scary… I’d expect this to happen where I live(Texas) but New York? Geez…

  • Anonymous

    All lesbians should get free Sizzler for a month.

  • ShowMeGuy

    There are still Sizzlers open in this country?
    Never get between a Lesbian and her breakfast buffet.