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Gay Man Calls Out Indiana Clark's Station For Homophobic Attendant: Video


This is horrible. A man in Bluffton, Indiana, recently visited a Clark's gas station to refill his pop (aka "soda" for those of you on the coasts) and was charged double simply because he's gay.

Not only was he charged double, but the man, named Josh, was called "faggot," among other choice words. When he called later to complain, he was turned away.

Watch Josh, a tax-paying American, explain it all, AFTER THE JUMP.

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  1. This comments section is a mess. My heart goes out to Josh. Sadly, incidents like this in redneck-ville Indiana are not a surprise. And I'm very skeptical this issue has truly been resolved. Hopefully more info comes out in the coming day or two.

    Posted by: Francis | Dec 9, 2011 1:13:33 PM

  2. Actually, John, I don't mind whatsoever being called a steroid user (or anything else for that matter) from an anonymous person on the internet prone to caps lock and overuse of exclamation points.

    I was just pointing out the irony of your comment.

    Posted by: endo | Dec 9, 2011 1:26:07 PM

  3. Not everyone is saturated with big city acceptance of homosexuality. He is probably one in a very small minority in that town and that alone would be enough make him fearful of what would happen had he snapped. I am from Indiana and now live elsewhere so please, try walking in this man's shoes before criticizing his actions.

    Posted by: Matt | Dec 9, 2011 1:53:09 PM

  4. @ Endo and John, OK, girls you are both pretty, so be nice.

    Posted by: Howard | Dec 9, 2011 2:58:19 PM

  5. I like John, his were better

    Posted by: zo | Dec 9, 2011 3:40:09 PM

  6. BAHAHAHahaahahahaahaaaaaaaaaaaaa! Is this a skit from Saturday Night Live? Listen up gays, sometimes people are just a??holes. And, a??holes will say what they need to be an a??hole. End of story. Now, if they start charging you double on your rent, or refusing to let you eat at a restaurant, then you have an issue. However, the troglodyte at the gas station should not send you into such a frenzy.

    If you want to piss them off, open the most expensive food/drink item, head to the counter, and pay with all pennies. That'll teach them... I know, I've done it before.

    Posted by: Hollywood, CA | Dec 9, 2011 3:54:31 PM

  7. Kick Endo off PLEASE!

    Posted by: Sean | Dec 9, 2011 6:39:09 PM

  8. There is no way that I would pay double for anything! He should have gone to get his liquid sugar rush at another store.

    Posted by: jaragon | Dec 9, 2011 6:41:38 PM

  9. its suspicious that he was willing to pay double

    Posted by: mattsy | Dec 9, 2011 6:58:16 PM

  10. are those french tip nails?

    Posted by: my2cents | Dec 9, 2011 7:37:12 PM

  11. There is such a thing as gay prejudice against other gays based of their weight, looks and effeminate manner. It happens all the time. Many gay men are shallow and looks oriented. It came as no surprise some of you idiots would focus on the superficial rather than on the issue at hand. Typical nasty behavior.

    Posted by: Carlotta Romero | Dec 10, 2011 5:48:17 AM

  12. This is many things: ridiculous, all too beklievable, infuriating ... but "horrible?" Puh-leeze.

    Posted by: Mark | Dec 10, 2011 7:49:11 AM

  13. Welcome to Zindiana, the last state! I have lived here since 1978, what a mess this state is!

    Posted by: billmiller | Dec 10, 2011 10:53:33 AM

  14. You know we've made progress when an example of discrimination against gays is having to pay an extra dollar for your soda.

    Posted by: Demian | Dec 10, 2011 10:55:20 AM

  15. Josh (and other LGBTers who are bullied)

    If you are physically harmed or if you are threatened with physical harm (or reasonably believe you are in imminent danger of suffering physical violence to your person) because of your sexual orientation or gender identity, you are a victim of a FEDERAL hate crime.

    Do not JUST report these incidents to LOCAL authorities, also NOTIFY the FBI AND the U.S. Attorney. These agencies can open a separate investigation and make sure the incident is treated like the hate crime that it is.

    To find the right phone numbers, Google: "federal district attorney [plus your state or town]" to find a telephone number to call.

    Josh: Call the Fort Wayne office at (260) 422-2595.

    For the FBI go to this website: http://www.fbi.gov/about-us/investigate/civilrights/hate_crimes

    Tell them you were physically harmed or threatened with physical violence to your person and that you want to report a hate crime under the 2009 federal law that made it a federal crime to assault an individual because of his or her sexual orientation or gender identity.

    Demand that they open an investigation. Write down the date/time you called and the person(s) you talk with. Ask for the case number or file number that is being assigned to your report. Keep a written record so that you can prove/document any “pattern” of repeat behavior, if you are threatened or attacked again.

    Good luck in fighting back.

    Posted by: TruthSeeker_Too | Dec 10, 2011 11:11:11 AM

  16. Glad Josh defended himself. This kind of bigoted garbage is uncalled for. Someone brings you business and you overcharge him and then call him names? There are plenty of people who are unemployed and would be glad to have a job regardless of who they have to serve. The clerk should not be fired, but told that if he wants to keep his job he has to apologize to Josh in person. Josh was only trying get some soda, not recruit for the Gay-Straight Alliance.

    But heck, I'm just a homophobic member of the Christian Right, so what do I know?

    Posted by: Mary | Dec 10, 2011 2:50:53 PM

  17. Not trying to be funny, but is it my imagination or does this Josh look a little like Rosie O'Donnell?

    Posted by: Mary | Dec 10, 2011 2:54:42 PM

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