Two single gay guys who formed a Covid-19 bubble have implicated personnel at a Wetherspoon pub of homophobic discrimination after they were asked to “show” that they lived together.
The guys, who remain in their fifties and asked not to be named, claimed they were offered “the 3rd degree” by door staff at the Green Ginger bar in Torquay which same-sex couples were exempt to the exact same treatment.
The set came to the pub on Friday 4 December.
” We came to the door as a couple were simply going into,” one told DevonLive.
” As we approached, a manager stopped us and told us that we required to prove that we lived together in order to adhere with new regulations.
” I said that I did not bring such details and the door person concurred that he did not understand how any person might offer evidence of that on demand.
” This would indicate that no other clients had been asked that question formerly,” he concluded.
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The set gave up and chose to go in other places and the male posted about his experience on Facebook.
A pal who later on saw the buddies consuming in a bar neighboring sent him a message specifying that he had actually entered the Green Ginger an hour later on with a female pal and was welcomed into the premises without question.
” He also suggested that the management, in asking only male couples for evidence of living plans, were taking an inequitable and homophobic technique in picking customers that they wish to regular their establishment,” the guy said.
” It is also an infringement on my personal privacy to need inspection of my living plans.”
The set made a problem to Wetherspoon, however are yet to receive an apology at the time of composing.
” It made us feel a bit like 2nd class citizens being singled out for the ‘3rd degree’ for being a male couple,” one stated.
” I feel that the management were thoughtless in victimizing us and had no clue regarding what would constitute proof of cohabiting.”
In a declaration to The Independent, Wetherspoon spokesperson Eddie Gershon said: “Wetherspoon understands the problems raised by the consumers and we will call them straight to completely comprehend their issues.