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Gay, Disabled or on Welfare? You are Not Welcome at This Oklahoma Restaurant

An Enid, Oklahoma restaurant owner is not backing down after a slew of complaints about his biased and racist service policies surfaced recently on social media. Gary James, owner of Gary’s Chicaros has made it clear unless you are white, have a job, and are not gay or disabled, you are simply not welcome at his small time eatery.

“Well if you work, you own a business, pay your taxes, you’re more than welcome here.” James said about his discriminatory practices.  “If you’re on welfare, stay at home and spend my money, there.”

He also made it clear that people who are gay or disabled are not welcome either. “I’ve been in business 44 years, I think I can spot a freak or a faggot,” he ranted. “I really don’t want gays around. Any man that would compromise his own body would compromise anything,” he ranted.

Despite James’ foul-mouthed business practices, his restaurant has thrived and many customers have kept coming, even becoming regulars, despite his hateful ways. “He doesn’t like certain people of race, color, ethnicity,” long-term customer Matt Gard said, admitting he turned a blind eye when others were turned away.

James has even turned bigotry into a marketing tool, creating an expletive-filled t-shirts promoting his restaurant that also serves as a virtual vocabulary list for the modern bigot, including rude words and threats of violence against African-Americans, gays, Muslims, women and Democrats.

The tides turned, however, when regular Gard starting using a wheelchair and found he was no longer welcome in James’ restaurant.  When Gard took to Facebook to complain, he started a firestorm of complaints from those who had also been discriminated against at Gary’s Chicaros.

“Sorry my disabled grandfather wasn’t good enough for your version of America,” Jonathan Scott Anderson wrote. “I’m sure he would not have fought in World War II if he’d known you’d be offended by his future inability to use his legs.”

Another Facebooker, Leah Bonnie Phillips,  offered this tongue-in check review of the Enid establishment. Gary’s Chiraros is “serving up hatred for 44 years and with a big smile! If you are looking for bigotry served up with “Amurika fries” this is the place for you! (just make sure you aren’t gay, disabled, black or anything other than white) I forgot to mention they have novelty shirts to show your ignorance off in style!”

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