Homophobic Cashier at Loblaws

“So I don’t know if this really constitutes street harassment but I thought I’d send it anyway.
I was at the Loblaws at South Keys back in December doing some holiday shopping. I was in line and overheard this really offensive conversation between the cashier and a couple male customers. The cashier was going off to the men (who appeared to be strangers and not his friends) about how another customer (who was a man) had winked at him. He went on and on about how disgusting this was, which was a red flag for me. Thankfully the men who were in line with me sort of called the cashier on it, telling him that it was better for customers to be complimentary than outright rude, but the cashier maintained that a man hitting on him is disgusting.
I suppose he has a right to not want to be flirted with at work; I certainly validate that. But he was so rude and insistant that it was because it was a MAN flirting with another MAN that he was disgusted. He was also just incredibly rude in general, refusing to bag people’s stuff if they had their own bags and freaking out on this one woman who was asking for a price check.
I ended up changing lines because I couldn’t deal with him, but I snapped his picture as I walked by. I think his name was Jamie”.

2 responses to “Homophobic Cashier at Loblaws

  1. Posting this guy’s photo seems wrong on so many levels.

    K, he was rude and homophobic…that’s not what this site is about. If this person had an issue THEY should have called him on it appropriately. How are we supposed to teach people about their ignorance through public shame?

    Someone should just talk to him nicely and explain to him why his point of view is wrong instead of taking his picture and scurrying away. This poster is implicit in homophobia by not standing up to homophobia. And I’m sorry but sending in someone’s picture does NOTHING to combat homophobia.

    You sound like a bitter customer rather than someone seeking social change…just sayin.

  2. KP,

    We did ponder for a while before we posted this submission, mostly because we weren’t sure if it was in line with what we’re doing here. It’s not entirely, but I think it’s important to highlight how often people are witnesses to something and how the people in question don’t often think about the impact of the words.

    The poster also said that they witnessed two men challenging him, which we thought was pretty amazing.

    Our understanding is that this person submitted this to spare someone else from having to endure his homophobia. It’s also not mentioned directly but this poster sent us a follow-up message to say that they had also put in a complaint with the Store Manager, so that’s also great, too.

    You can feel free to disagree of course!

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