A pastor says a cake he ordered at Whole Foods had a homophobic slur written on it.
According to CBS affiliate KEYE, the attorney for Austin Pastor Jordan Brown says he ordered a cake from a Whole Foods in Austin, TX with “Love Wins,” but instead it said “Love Wins F–,” when he received it.
“As a 30-year-old openly gay pastor, I have had to face years of discrimination and judgment for something that I had no control over,” Brown told KEYE.
Pastor Brown posted a YouTube video saying he didn’t realize what the cake said until he got into his vehicle. He also shows the cake in a sealed box in the video. Brown goes on to say that store management said their employee did not do it and no action would be taken.
Brown’s attorney, Austin Kaplan, told KEYE that they reached out to the Whole Foods corporate office and didn’t receive a substantive response. After waiting for more than three days, they filed a lawsuit.
“Pastor Brown never asked for this to happen. He continues to be overwhelmed by the feelings of pain, anguish, and humiliation because of this incident. He frequently shopped at Whole Foods, which makes this all the more shocking and disappointing. What really concerns him is knowing that unless some action is taken, this kind of thing could happen again, and that someone else might have to go through a similarly excruciating experience,” Kaplan told KEYE
Pastor Brown, originally from Pittsburgh, is listed as the pastor and founder of the Church of Open Doors, a non-denominational, Christian-based church on the church’s website.
“My client has not been trained. He does not have icing. He didn’t do it. Simply, he received the cake that way,” Kaplan told KEYE.
Whole Foods released the following statement to KEYE regarding Pastor Brown’s claim:
Our team member wrote “Love Wins” at the top of the cake as requested by the guest, and that’s exactly how the cake was packaged and sold at the store. Our team members do not accept or design bakery orders that include language or images that are offensive. Whole Foods Market has a zero-tolerance policy for discrimination. We stand behind our bakery team member, who is part of the LGBTQ community, and the additional team members from the store, who confirmed the cake was decorated with only the message ‘Love Wins.’
Brown and his attorney say they don’t want money from the lawsuit, they just want whoever wrote on the cake to be punished Whole Foods to make this doesn’t happen at any Whole Foods store.