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New York City Restaurant Displays Rainbow Flag, Receives Strange Packages & Calls

The owner of a Queens restaurant says that he's recently been mailed several odd packages (many gay-related) and has also received a few strange phone calls. According to Mike Murphy, the strange occurrences started soon after he started flying the rainbow flag outside his restaurant, Murphy’s Lobster Grill, for St. Pat’s for All Parade on March 2.

The Sunnyside Post reports:

The first mailing came on March 10, from a woman called “Amanda.” It was a handwritten message on the back of an official St. Pat’s for All postcard that read: “Thank you for not breaking my virginity last night but your high wire stunt still needs improvement.”

A few days later, a package arrived addressed to Murphy at his bar/restaurant. It included Murphy’s business card as well as a number of newspaper clippings featuring gay groups and gay personalities.

A third package arrived with similar material.

“I wouldn’t call it hate mail but it’s kind of scary,” Murphy said. “The scribbled writing is very creepy.”

And then there are the phone calls:

Murphy said he has received several anonymous phone calls—from a blocked caller ID—where the caller has just hung up. Murphy said he has not taken the issue up with authorities. He said if he receives another package he will. Meanwhile, the gay pride flag is still up. “There is no reason for me to take it down…my restaurant welcomes everyone.”

Take a look at some of the items he's received in the mail so far, AFTER THE JUMP.




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  1. It's not really a similar incident, but some years ago I saw a Kinsey Sicks performance in San Francisco (think it was their irreverent Christmas program) and just before the start, they played what sounded like a recording from a telephone answering machine with a redneck Texas accent, more or less asking them to respect the areas fundamentalist sensibilities. It was outlandish enough that I thought it might have been a comedian good at accents reading from a script (given that I was in San Francisco, I figured nobody there could be that dumb). Regardless, everyone laughed. Out of curiosity, I asked a cast member after the performance and it turns out they had been on tour, did a performance in Texas, and one of the locals had left a message on the theater's answering machine. So, they copied it and used it in their act.

    Hint to homophobes: don't mess with drag queens, even a cappella singers who just dress up in drag as part of their performance. You will regret it.

    Posted by: Bill | Mar 30, 2014 10:45:06 PM

  2. And folks this is news on a blog on Sunday night. Move along please.

    Posted by: ChicagoMike | Mar 31, 2014 12:40:29 AM

  3. " The restaurant welcomes everyone".

    Idiots refusing to bake marriage cakes please copy.

    Posted by: JackFknTwist | Mar 31, 2014 8:47:03 AM

  4. well, murphy should worry.
    visible gay sunnysider lou rispoli was murdered a few blocks from murphy's restaurant a year and a half ago. his killer is still unaccounted for as far as i know.
    report it, mr. murphy.
    put up a security camera.
    protect yourself.

    Posted by: woody | Mar 31, 2014 9:15:33 AM

  5. if i still lived in the celtics, i'd be frequenting your restaurant to show support!

    Posted by: woody | Mar 31, 2014 9:17:23 AM

  6. Feminists hate gays....

    Posted by: styler | Mar 31, 2014 9:25:00 AM

  7. I bet ít's a christian behind this.

    Mental illness causes people to behave in strange ways.

    Posted by: MaryM | Mar 31, 2014 9:39:19 AM

  8. "Liberal" New York.....

    Posted by: Rick | Mar 31, 2014 10:21:35 AM

  9. "Feminists hate gays...."

    Yes, they do. Amazing that so few gay men understand that, bizarrely believing instead that women, in general, and feminists, in particular, are sympathetic towards them.....I guess mistaking their condescending amusement with gay men for respect......Eventually, however, the truth will be impossible to avoid.....

    Posted by: Rick | Mar 31, 2014 10:30:57 AM

  10. Women are so powerful that a fear of them has resulted in our resident troll being a neutered and anonymous excuse for a man on the internet! yay feminism! keeping self-hating insecure homosexual men in the shadows where they belong! woohoo!

    on topic - WEIRD story. worth reporting to the police, if only to put on record that there's some oddball out there taking a rather obsessive interest in the restaurant and its owner.

    Posted by: Little Kiwi | Mar 31, 2014 10:40:01 AM

  11. While I can understand that someone would take these anonymous mailings as vaguely threatening, I see them as positive, "welcome to our community" messages identifying fellow members and supporters. The rainbow, fittingly, includes ALL members, straight, gay, and all the rest: black, white, latino, rich, poor....

    Posted by: Chuck Mielke | Mar 31, 2014 10:59:03 AM

  12. Styler, Rick and MaryM are all the same person posting under different names. Four comments out of eleven were posted by the same guy to strengthen his misogynistic lies. Poor, lazy, predictable Rick the troll. Nobody believes you when you post the same bs rant once so you have to post many times to make it seem as though others agree with you. Rick/Styler/MaryM is such a loser.

    Posted by: Tyler | Mar 31, 2014 11:36:13 AM

  13. This sounds like the work of a schizophrenic (maybe disorganized cluster). I remember working in this new-age/occult shop, and we had a few of these types who would do stuff like this.
    It's a bit scary when you're not used to it, but eventually the restaurant will get used to it. Sounds pretty harmless; hopefully management and staff will get to the point where they can laugh about it.

    Posted by: Grownups | Mar 31, 2014 8:03:29 PM

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