1. mike128 says

    What a great woman and a great letter! We need to remember this when we stereotype about people and who our friends and enemies might be. As she says, she’s a “hill billy” from TN – I’m so glad to see the face of one of our friends there.

  2. Caliban says

    Awesome letter. I love that she’s not trying to make this into a personal “star turn” or a money maker, instead encouraging people to make things better in their own communities.

    FWIW, I’m another “hillbilly” from and in Tennessee, currently living in a town smaller than Knoxville.

  3. jack says

    I believe that what she did was wrong. If you have a Bistro that is open to serve the public, that is what she should do. Serve the public. Don’t pick and chose those you will serve based on their positions on political and social issues. Would those hailing her as a hero give similar accolades to a Bistro owner who throws supporters of gay marriage out of their establishment because they disagree with them?

  4. AidenRaccoon says

    Jack, she is not a public establishment. She is a private establishment and does have every right to refuse service to anyone at anytime for no reason at all.

  5. Askagway says

    Jack, I have to agree with you. While I think it’s horrible what Campfield is doing, I can’t condone him being thrown out of a restaurant because of his (misguided) opinions. It would have been beneficial if she had voiced her views to Campfield while she had him as a captive audience and served him anyway.

    Aren’t we outraged when a B&B won’t accommodate a gay couple, or when a religious organization asks a “gay couple” to leave the premises? While we disagree with those on the other side of the issue, let’s treat them as WE ALL DESERVE to be treated.

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