NYC Men Claim They Were Run Out of McDonalds Because Customer and Cashier Thought They Were Gay

Two Manhattan men claim in a lawsuit they were run out of a McDonald's by a group of customers and a worker who denied them service after assuming they were gay.

The NY Post reports: Signs

Willis Washington Jr. and Horace Stevenson III were in the Hamilton Heights Mickey D’s at 2:30 a.m. last December when a fellow customer assumed the two men were gay, they claim.

The customer “started to say he had a problem with gay people and that the gay lifestyle was not what God wants,” according to their Manhattan Supreme Court lawsuit.

Washington and Stevenson claim the cashier sided with the customers and gave one of them an object wiht which to beat the men:

The customers began pushing the two men to the back of the store, prompting a panicked Stevenson to dial 911 before the cashier “actually handed one of the customers a metal pipe from behind the counter and motioned to him that he should hit plaintiffs with it,” according to the lawsuit.

Washington and Stevenson were able to escape, but quickly returned when they saw police arrive, only to end up in handcuffs after they were falsely blamed for the violent encounter, they charge.


  1. gregory brown says

    I do not underestimate the idiocy of people who “have a problem with gay People” nor the arrogance of those who presume to know what any god wants them to do–but this sounds a bit questionable.

  2. Derrick from Philly says

    LOL @ “Sad that this is how the blacks treat each other!”

    Right on, RICK! The Mikey D fools should have thrown your azz ought of the joint…PHYSICALLY.

  3. Derrick from Philly says


    if the manager knew what was happening then he/she should be fired along with the other motha’ f.ckas who humiliated the Gay guys-CUSTOMERS, mind you.

    Believe me, I’ve been through this kind of sh.t myself…not run out the establishment, but treated pretty badly.

  4. Glyndon in VA says

    Who are they suing? Neither this article, nor the original NY Post article tell us. Are they suing NYC for false arrest? McDonald’s for letting this happen? The cashier for facilitating it with the iron bar? The customer for being an ass? Who?

  5. Vera says

    I mean McDonalds isn’t anti-gay and I think this is just an isolated incident. Considering how many people they employ, they were bound to strike anti-gay gold.

  6. Lars says

    Hamilton Heights + 2.30am + McDonald’s = Run!!!

    Any two of those elements taken together should perhaps give you pause. But combine all three, and you start to seriously question your life choices up to this point.

  7. Bill says

    @Glyndon in VA : what attorneys usually do in such situations is to sue the lot of them and “let God sort them out.” See for what purports to be the history of that phrase.

    You just name the lot of them at let the court divide up the blame. Then the jury doesn’t have an out by saying that they should have sued the police versus the company or vice versa.

  8. anon says

    Your best weapon is the cell phone you are probably carrying. The photos or video you can record can warn people away and of course collect evidence. Since a lot of devices sync to FB or some Apple cloud service, or even YouTube, you don’t need to physically protect the phone. Of course, make your escape too.

  9. bicuriousus says

    Having grown up in the South I experienced this sort of thing all the time in the early 90’s. It is pretty sad to hear these things might still be going on, and in NYC of all places.

  10. John says

    I could not tell, from the article, if these two gentlemen were gay or not.

    Regardless, and regardless of whether or not the employees were homophobic and provided a weapon to the instigators, gay people should be boycotting McDonald’s for one simple reason: McDonald’s is a major sponsor of the Sochi Olympic Games … those games being held in Putin’s anti-gay Russia.

    Along with McDonald’s, gay people should be boycotting other Olympic sponsors such as Visa, Coca-Cola, and Procter & Gamble (and others).

    The IOC has remained silent on this issue and the sponsors, by not demanding a repeal of the law and continuing to sponsor these games, deserve nothing less than a boycott!

    Can you imagine if this were the 1936 Berlin Olympics and sponsors were turning a blind eye while being aware of the large-scale persecution of Jews, gays and disabled people (among others)? I, for one, cannot!

    It is time for people to take a stand!

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