Guess who doesn't want your business, gays? Herald Embroidery in Oak Grove, Kentucky — that's who.
Matthew Lombard — owner of the embroidery, promotions and printing shop — has place five stickers on his storefront signifiying that they will gladly accept business from Christians, guns, and people with beards (?) but not from people who use foul language and are proudly gay.
Here's Lombard explanation:
"We recently posted five 3" stickers on the front entrance to our shop. Two of these stickers are negative and prohibitive in there message. We will not serve people that are foul-mouthed, nor will we serve people that flaunt their homosexual lifestyle in our place of business and/or request us to produce promotional products that do so."
Less than 24 hours after news of Lombard's hate-sticker spread over the web, he removed all of the stickers and issued a kinda-sorta retraction:
Notice: We recently posted five 3″ stickers on the front entrance to our shop. Two of these stickers are negative and prohibitive in their message. After some public confusion as to the meaning of one which depicted a rainbow flag, we’ve replaced them with a clarification. "While we will serve all customers who treat our place of business with respect, we reserve the right to refuse to produce promotional products that promote ideas that are not in keeping with our consciences. This includes, but is not limited to content promoting homosexuality, freemasonry, the use of foul language, and imagery which promotes immodesty."
Riiiiiight. We called Lombard and asked him what the hell the beard and gun stickers meant. He said that they were meant to be "sort of playful."