We hear so much about North Carolina's anti-gay laws -- which allow for the legal discrimination against LGBT people -- but we rarely get to see the kind of hate that motivates these legislations in action. Now, a video of a gay woman being refused service at a dollar store is going viral, showing just how ugly bigotry actually looks.
Garnering over 35,000 views at the time this was written, the video shows one brave woman's attempt to stand up to a homophobic retail worker. "The cashier was just loudly stating her opinion on her disdain for gay people," said Melissa Langford, "Eventually I spoke up because I couldn't take it anymore."
The incident occurred at a New Orleans Family Dollar store, with the argument being caught on Langford's cell. Langford felt the impetus to share her experience on social media when her complaints to management went unaddressed.
"Just gets it put out into the air that us gay people are gonna stick together," she said.
On the following Monday morning, Family Dollar issued this official statement: "We take incidents like this very seriously. We have a Code of Ethics in place that ensures inclusion for customers and associates and helps to ensure good customer care. The code specifically forbids unprofessional conduct and comments on sexual orientation, among other matters. Any activity that goes against this code is simply not how we expect our stores to do business...This situation is currently under investigation."