Monday, April 4, 2011
Customer accuses Maple & Motor of sexual discrimination on Facebook page
Unfortunately he's unavailable for comment, so that's kind of weak.
Using Facebook as his tool, a customer (or customers) of Maple & Motor, the highly rated burger joint on Maple in Dallas, is accusing owner Jack Perkins of discriminating against him because he's gay.
After an incident at the restaurant in which Perkins asked the customer to curtail his public displays of affection with a friend, the customer created a Facebook page called Unlike Maple & Motor and is trying to rally the gay community behind him.
Unfortunately, the customer or customers did not respond to emails; some of the comments on the page urged them to go to the Dallas Voice.
Most of what Perkins had to say was off the record, but there's plenty posted on his Facebook page.
Maple and Motor: "A group of 7 men came in for dinner, several of whom are regulars. I personally asked a group of two people to move and then used the table vacated to set up a table for them. Two of the men were more engaged with each other than the othe...rs. On more than one occasion the engaged in a prolonged jumping up and down embrace. I asked them to stop. They asked if I was kidding. I said no. They ordered and ate. They did not argue with me. They did not leave."
"We were pretty full when they were finished. As they got up, I told them not to be in a hurry to leave."
"Let me answer your question in advance. I have asked many heterosexual couples to stop what they were doing."
"And again, for the record, THEY WERE NOT ASKED TO LEAVE. In fact, they had not ordered when I spoke to them. The continued through the line, ordered, and ate."
Nearly all of the 70 or so comments posted offer support.
Perkins admits he's an unusually colorful figure in the restaurant world, but promises he does not discriminate against gay people.
"They're a lot of my customers," he says. "I don't run away from conflict -- the truth is, I run to it. That's why I put the link to their page on my Facebook page."
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