'I Have the Right to Refuse Service': Restaurant Turns Away Group After He Learns What They Advocate

Feb 13, 2013 Full story: www.theblaze.com 61

An Arkansas-based gay right's organization is claiming discrimination after the owner of a restaurant cancelled the group's reservations.

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“Common courtesy, isn't”

Since: Nov 07

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#1 Feb 14, 2013
So this allegedly straight man, Richard Hodo (any relation to David Hodo of The Village People?), owns a restaurant in Van Buren, Arkansas, with the highly campy name of "Sisters Gourmet Bistro"? And he doesn't want a group of lesbians in his restaurant?

O-kay .... whatever.

Since the restaurant's unavailable, I suggest the group hold a "No Show" fundraiser in the name of the restaurant instead. People donate the amount of money they would have paid for dinner, drinks, dessert, tax and a tip ... and then stay home that night instead. The group keeps the money and sends a thank you letter to Mr. Hodo telling him how much they raised. His loss is their gain. Everybody's happy.
SLIF

Georgetown, Canada

#2 Feb 14, 2013
Isn't that like a straight man?Porno mags and bibles,and we still don't want you.

“Luke laughs at hypocrites!”

Since: Sep 10

Palm Springs, California

#3 Feb 14, 2013
Otter in the Ozarks wrote:
So this allegedly straight man, Richard Hodo (any relation to David Hodo of The Village People?), owns a restaurant in Van Buren, Arkansas, with the highly campy name of "Sisters Gourmet Bistro"? And he doesn't want a group of lesbians in his restaurant?
O-kay .... whatever.
Since the restaurant's unavailable, I suggest the group hold a "No Show" fundraiser in the name of the restaurant instead. People donate the amount of money they would have paid for dinner, drinks, dessert, tax and a tip ... and then stay home that night instead. The group keeps the money and sends a thank you letter to Mr. Hodo telling him how much they raised. His loss is their gain. Everybody's happy.
He did them a favor. That "restaurant" was as appealing as a garage with card tables and folding chairs. If ANYONE needed "Restaurant Impossible" it is his dreary looking, harshly lit, badly "decorated" dull place. So he wants to give up an easy $500 or so. Good for him. He must be real rich, or Jesus is supporting the place.

Since: May 12

Bellevue, WA

#4 Feb 14, 2013
then i guess the rest of us have a right to refuse service to redneck bigot christians... i mean they are scum after all
Say the Truth

Eatontown, NJ

#5 Feb 14, 2013
Lililth_Satans_Bore wrote:
then i guess the rest of us have a right to refuse service to redneck bigot christians... i mean they are scum after all
Hey when did you get released?

Since: May 12

Bellevue, WA

#6 Feb 14, 2013
Say the Truth wrote:
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Hey when did you get released?
last march dumbazz

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“Religious Freedom to Marry”

Since: Apr 07

Newark OH / Baltimore MD

#7 Feb 14, 2013
Otter in the Ozarks wrote:
So this allegedly straight man, Richard Hodo (any relation to David Hodo of The Village People?), owns a restaurant in Van Buren, Arkansas, with the highly campy name of "Sisters Gourmet Bistro"? And he doesn't want a group of lesbians in his restaurant?
O-kay .... whatever.
Since the restaurant's unavailable, I suggest the group hold a "No Show" fundraiser in the name of the restaurant instead. People donate the amount of money they would have paid for dinner, drinks, dessert, tax and a tip ... and then stay home that night instead. The group keeps the money and sends a thank you letter to Mr. Hodo telling him how much they raised. His loss is their gain. Everybody's happy.
Just wanted to tell you Otter, I'm glad you posted this. I can't remember who first stated this form of protest but to me it's a beautiful way to protest these types of bigots.

I still hope people picket this man but your method is a great way to add to any such protest. If there is a picket I hope they pass out flyers urging people to follow your suggestion. The group who was refused gets a great way to fund-raise and also raise awareness of the discrimination problem they experienced. It also lets the owner know in real numbers how much business he's lost because of his self righteous bigotry. I'd call it "Dining IN for Equality" (with props to the "Dining Out for Life" HIV funding initiative many cities and businesses now do annually).

I don't know if the State of Alabama or the city this took place in has laws against this, but if they do I hope the Government pursues legal action against this guy.

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“Religious Freedom to Marry”

Since: Apr 07

Newark OH / Baltimore MD

#8 Feb 14, 2013
Lililth_Satans_Bore wrote:
<quoted text>last march dumbazz
Hope you like the "DIE" idea.("Dine in for Equality")

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“Religious Freedom to Marry”

Since: Apr 07

Newark OH / Baltimore MD

#9 Feb 14, 2013
Lililth_Satans_Bore wrote:
then i guess the rest of us have a right to refuse service to redneck bigot christians... i mean they are scum after all
I've always said I think it's a good idea to remind these "chriSTAINS" they reap what they sow.

If they can refuse us service we can refuse service to them for the same reason: WE DON'T LIKE THEIR KIND in our stores!

Brilliant point my dear; well done.
The Kisser

Dalton, MA

#10 Feb 14, 2013
Say the Truth wrote:
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Hey when did you get released?
She releases herself everyday in oh so many ways.
"What's that smell?"

“Common courtesy, isn't”

Since: Nov 07

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#11 Feb 14, 2013
DNF wrote:
<quoted text>Just wanted to tell you Otter, I'm glad you posted this. I can't remember who first stated this form of protest but to me it's a beautiful way to protest these types of bigots.
Thank you for the kind words. Here's a little more information about the contretemps that provides some interest background information and sheds a little more light. The writer is Sarah S.:
On Sunday, February 3, the River Valley Equality Center was in the Southwest Times Record. Our picture from our Awareness Day last Saturday was put in the paper along with the mention of our Benefit that is coming up February 16 (it was to be held at Sisters Bistro, and had been being planned since December). Monday morning our fundraising coordinator for the River Valley Equality Center had a message from Sisters Bistro stating that they were unaware we were having a live band and comedians at the event so they were cancelling it. We had been in contact with and actively planning this event for months, the management was well aware of exactly who we are and what we had planned for this event. They even offered to create a special drink to be sold at the benefit for us.

I contacted Sisters Bistro on Monday and spoke with the owner. He stated that he was not going to hold our benefit at his restuarant, he stated that he was embarrassed that his name was in the paper with our LGBT group, and he stated that he would also turn down an event for the KKK if they asked to have one at his restuarant.

If you are an LGBTQ person, or you support the LGBTQ community or equality, please know that this is the kind of restuarant you will be giving your money to if you choose to eat here.

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“Religious Freedom to Marry”

Since: Apr 07

Newark OH / Baltimore MD

#12 Feb 14, 2013
People like these are trying to use the law to protect them. Problem is the law clearly states religious discrimination is against the law.

These "chriSTAINS" are driving people away from Christianity more than gays and lesbians are. How? By not following the parts of the Bible and their own faith that instruct us to Love our enemies as ourselves and to obey secular laws.

Using Jesus to promote self serving self righteous judgement (and your business) isn't the Christianity I was raised with.
tiqueboy

Wyoming, MI

#13 Feb 14, 2013
Unfortunately he has every right to refuse service to anyone unless stipulated in the law. As a private business person he can do that.
I do not agree, but that is the way it is down south.

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“Religious Freedom to Marry”

Since: Apr 07

Newark OH / Baltimore MD

#14 Feb 14, 2013
tiqueboy wrote:
Unfortunately he has every right to refuse service to anyone unless stipulated in the law. As a private business person he can do that.
I do not agree, but that is the way it is down south.
As long as his reasons comply with the law. That usually means they can only refuse service if the person is disruptive or has been shown to be a regular problem.

Religious reasons don't fit in here. It's religious discrimination.

Since: Aug 08

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#15 Feb 14, 2013
Thanks for posting Rick. I can't believe that man would put gay rights groups in the same family as the Ku Klux Klan (KKK)! He would not legally be able to refuse someone for their race or religion in that area.

Since: Mar 09

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#16 Feb 14, 2013
I hope that they don't picket or sue.

Open a nearby "club" and serve better ... to everyone.

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“Religious Freedom to Marry”

Since: Apr 07

Newark OH / Baltimore MD

#17 Feb 14, 2013
tiqueboy wrote:
Unfortunately he has every right to refuse service to anyone unless stipulated in the law. As a private business person he can do that.
I do not agree, but that is the way it is down south.
I've tried to find the exact law for AK but so far all I can find is that the State has no law protection based on sexual orientation.

But look at what Otter posted in post #11. It is fairly clear the reasons given are because of the political beliefs and religious views of the owner, not the Equality Center.

One other point. This owner made a contract with this group. If may have been a written one but even if it wasn't, he made a verbal contract with them.

I hope a lawsuit results simply so these types of cases can be clarified.

I agree this case may have many issues but I'd like a court to hear this and decide. To me it religious and political discrimination and a lame attempt to unlawfully cancel a contract.

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“Religious Freedom to Marry”

Since: Apr 07

Newark OH / Baltimore MD

#18 Feb 14, 2013
snyper wrote:
I hope that they don't picket or sue.
Open a nearby "club" and serve better ... to everyone.
I respectfully disagree.

To me this is becoming an alarming pattern by the anti-gays to try to use laws that protect religious freedom to circumvent laws that bar religious discrimination.

I'd like to see a picket for a week or two where they also hand out flyers asking people to "DIE" (Dine in for Equality). I'm glad "Otter" reminded me of this way to protest. The company loses money, a non profit benefits, the issue gets publicity and the owner gets a nice thank you card showing how much money and possible future revenue their UN-American and offensive behavior costs them.

Since: Mar 09

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#19 Feb 14, 2013
In an overwhelmingly fundie State like Arkansas it is unwise to feed material to the pulpit pounders.

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“Religious Freedom to Marry”

Since: Apr 07

Newark OH / Baltimore MD

#20 Feb 14, 2013
snyper wrote:
I hope that they don't picket or sue.
Open a nearby "club" and serve better ... to everyone.
OOps. I just saw I need to clarify something. I agree with your idea of promoting a business that doesn't behave this way.

But to advise people to just sit back and take this and instead create a different venue doesn't really do much to keep this problem in the public's mind. Your solution also ignores promoting those local businesses that don't discriminate.

Like I tried to say earlier, I WANT court cases like this because I believe SCOTUS needs to eventually rule on this type of thing (using religion as a shield to promote religious discrimination by public accommodation businesses.

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