A long way for nothing

It’s 80 miles from my house to Gary’s Chicaros in Enid, which is sufficient reason for me not to go there. But I wouldn’t go there if it were next door and my cupboard were bare:

A restaurant in Enid is getting heat after one of its patrons posted a pretty strong message on social media about discrimination.

The restaurant and bar has been open for more than four decades and carries quite the reputation.

Gary James, owner of Gary’s Chicaros, said, “I’ve been in business 44 years, I think I can spot a freak or a faggot.”

He added, “I don’t deal with these people walking down the street with no jobs on welfare.”

Now I’m not about to tell this guy that he has to serve everyone that comes to the door no matter what; it’s his beanery, not mine, and I’m not the local enforcer for Title II of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which as written, and as I read it, doesn’t seem to apply to gay folk or EBT users unless they’re nonwhite. Still, the status quo may be in doubt:

[N]ow that Mr. James’s establishment is starting to raise internet hackles, we wouldn’t be surprised if some legal action from busybodies at the ACLU or NAACP comes his way. Couldn’t happen to a nicer guy.

Hackles? Me? Heck, no. I’m just passing on a story that killed my appetite.


  1. Roger Green »

    9 February 2014 · 4:32 am

    Among other things, the guy sounds like he’s making a lousy commercial decision. second, I doubt that his gaydar’s that good.

  2. CGHill »

    9 February 2014 · 11:40 am

    Being a sorta-white guy of similar age and living in a similar environment, I know my gaydar is thoroughly out of whack; I have no reason to think his is any better.

  3. McGehee »

    10 February 2014 · 9:01 am

    I’d say he should be free to take his business to hell in the handbasket of his choosing — if he only serves people he approves of, he is limiting his prospects.

    And I wouldn’t prize his approval as much as he seems to.

  4. Roger Green »

    10 February 2014 · 2:23 pm

    Just saw this in the Daily Kos: http://www.dailykos.com/story/2014/02/09/1276212/-Oklahoma-Restaurant-No-Freaks-F-ggots-N-ggers-Disabled-or-Welfare-Freeloaders

  5. CGHill »

    10 February 2014 · 2:32 pm

    Well, if he wanted to be a household word, he’s going about it the right way — though I don’t think he’s viewed particularly favorably in those households.

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