safeway homophobic, safeway anti-gay, safeway cashier gay, safeway fucking faggot

Safeway Grocery Cashier Calls Customers ‘Fucking Faggots’

safeway homophobic, safeway anti-gay, safeway cashier gay, safeway fucking faggot
...just not about "fucking faggots."

Jason Morgan and Brendan Harrington were just trying to get some dinner at a Washington, D.C. area Safeway grocery store last Saturday night. Instead of groceries, the two walked away with a heaping serving of homophobia.

When the two men unloaded their items on the belt, their cashier said aloud, “Oh God, they’re faggots.” When Morgan asked the woman to repeat herself, she repeated, “‘You guys are fucking faggots.”

Not quite to safe after all, eh Safeway?

”We just couldn’t believe it,” he says. ”She didn’t seem apologetic or anything. We asked her for the store manager and she just ignored us. So we ended up leaving our groceries where they were and we walked [away].”

After the couple asked another cashier to see the store manager, they were directed to the assistant manager who said she could not help the couple. Morgan says she gave the couple the store manager’s information, whom she identified as Michael Bigelow.

The couple filed a complaint with the D.C. Office of Human Rights on June 13 regarding the incident.

”I’ve never been called a ‘fag’ ever in my entire life,” says Harrington. ”It was absolutely appalling. We were standing there minding our own business, not even talking to one another. [Morgan] was reading the [NationalEnquirer, and I was putting the stuff on the belt, and all of the sudden the checker is saying, ‘They faggots.”’

The incident occurred on the same day as the Capital Pride Parade, during which Harrington was working at JR.’s, what he describes the ”busiest day of the year” at the bar.

Since the incident, the couple has, however, received two calls from people representing Safeway. The first came Sunday, June 12, from the store’s assistant manager with whom they spoke initially.

”The assistant manager called and said, ‘We’re really sorry about what happened, but we’re still trying to figure out how to handle it’,” Harrington says.

How to handle it? Well, you begin with firing the cashier in question. Especially since she openly admits to her homophobic behavior in this video filmed by a concerned neighbor of the two men shortly after the ugly incident. While she does offer an apology, it is lackluster at best. And straight up now, it really shouldn’t affect Safeway’s decision to terminate her immediately.

(via MetroWeekly)

  • Damn it! Safeway has been my favorite place to get produce! What I’m a do now??

  • Can we get the address of this particular safeway? I’d like to voice an opinion directly. 

  • Anonymous

     FIRE HER!!!  Problem handled!  Now that was simple. 
     Shame that those whose ancestors suffered through hatred and inequality, seem to have no compassion for others who are forced to deal with the same, and in many instances are the perpetrators of this hatred and bigotry.
    Shameful!

  • I agree! I’d love to write them a nice little letter AND leave them a message!

  • I’m quite positive that this is the store in question. 

    1100 4th ST SW, Washington, DC(202) 554-9155 

  • Michael Cooke

    Really I can’t find it in myself to damn safeway as this was the homophobia of the employee and not the employer, and the employee has been terminated. I hope she has been replaced by another African American female that is less bigoted.

  • Brad Hines

    Farmers market?

  • ShowMeGuy

    If this had happened in Tenneessee, Kentucky, Missouri, or Wyoming it would be a completely different story…but this happened in Washington D.C., which is part of a place called America where all men are created equal and are born with certain unalienable rights like life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.  This is just not going to fly in D.C..

  • Joe

    wow! washington dc. and the store clerk is an african american and a woman at that. two groups that are today, still  discriminated against.

  • Scott Campbell

    Apparently Safeway released a statement to say her employment has been terminated. Done and dusted. No income, but maybe she will get by on her charming personality.

  • ShowMeGuy

    Assistant Manager on duty needs fired as well, since they don’t know how to do their job.

  • Rebecca Auguston

    i too think she should be fired.
    but remember you CANT ask about someones personal beliefs when hiring them!!!! (its against the law)
    so i think safe should be left out of this!!!!

  • Jason Vajgrt

    Damn, that’s fucked up! What the hell does that woman have business telling off two gay people!? WTF?

  • well wont be shoppin there!

  • That apology was so weak it wasnt even real, she was trying to get someone out of her face, she didn’t want to apologize. Just be left alone! You can tell!! UUUUGGGHHH! I am so tired of Stupid Small Minded People!! and They are Everywhere!!! The Nutz!

  • Anonymous

    For someone so homophobic, she has quite the stylish lesbionic haircut. Closeted much?

  • Amy Melene

    Wait a minute? My gaydar is going off! She can easily pass as any of my ex’s. Are we dealing with a self hating homo here?! Quick! Someone get her some pussy!

  • Soooo, Tenneessee, Kentucky, Missouri or Wyoming are not part of America? Now, that’s freaking news to me.

  • Oh, the mentioned states are still part of the 50.

    I think, and ShowMeGuy is more than welcome to correct me of course, but I think that he was implying that those states are known — in many cases — for their intolerance.  It doesn’t mean everyone there is homophobic, but when you see a lot of cases of homophobia and bigotry in the news, it shades one’s perspective on the state in question a bit.

    As for DC being above that all… well, we’ll certainly see.  Depends on how this plays out.

  • I have my own axe to grind against them, but in THIS case, as long as she’s dealt with in an appropriate manner — which I’m sure, whether or not she has been so far, she WILL be — I’ve got no issue with that store.

  • Steven Peters

    If Safeway hasn’t already fired her, they should. Then, they should give sensitivity training to all their employees. To that, they should give a written statement of apology for their employees conduct and make amends to their customers who were the brunt of her homophobic statement by offering them free food for a year or some other condolence. 

    This kind of behavior is absolutely unacceptable!

    Thanks for sharing this story.

    Silence=Death

  • Stepen

    If she’s a homophobe what gives with the butch dike hair cut?

  • I’m glad she’s no longer employed. It’s a start. Next up should be Safeway apologizing themselves silly and arranging for company-wide sensitivity training. And maybe some freebie stuff for the couple to whom she was so rude? Can’t hurt, in terms of public relations, right?

  • Matt Rhodes

    Even though the cashier is probably a bigot, she is entitled to speak her mind under the 1st Amend. Yup. Like it or not, that’s the truth. I suggest they just don’t shop there anymore.

    People call names all the time. Churches disrespect and picket dead soldier’s funerals.

    If you believe in yourself you’ll know the a**holes calling you names are wrong. The gay couple should just grow a pair – why be offended then? Where’s their ‘pride?’ Are they ashamed of being gay? Sure sounds like it.

    Sticks and stones. Everyone gets called names. Get over it people.

  • Guru Mike

    The 1st Amendment protects against governmental abridgement of free speech. Safeway isn’t the government.