PITTSBURG, Texas (KRLD) — A couple says they were told not to come back to a restaurant in East Texas because they’re gay.
In the town of Pittsburg, Texas, Big Earl’s Bait House and Country Store is an institution. So Collin Dewberry and his partner Kelley decided to have breakfast there. He says everything seemed to be going fine until they paid their check and were approached by their waitress on the way out.READ MORE: Virtual Learning May Remain An Option At Some North Texas School Districts
“After I paid, her countenance seemed to change drastically,” said Dewberry.
Big Earl Cheney, the owner, explains what happened next.
“She told them the rules are on the door and it says ‘Welcome to Big Earl’s where men act like men, women act like ladies, no saggy pants and we reserve the right to refuse service to anyone.'”
“And so I laughed and I asked what do you mean?” says Dewberry. “And that’s when she said to us… ‘to put it plainly, we don’t serve fags here.'”
The waitress happens to be Cheney’s daughter, and the owner says her choice of words were her own.
“I don’t think I should have to discipline her. I think the parents of those children — or kids or being whatever they are — should discipline them or teach ’em how to act in public. I don’t think it’s my place to discipline her.”