Oklahoma restaurant owner refuses to serve gay or “freak” customers

ENID, Okla. – A restaurant in Enid is getting heat after one of its patrons posted a pretty strong message on social media about discrimination.

The restaurant and bar has been open for more than four decades and carries quite the reputation.

We want to warn you, this story does feature some graphic language.

Gary James, owner of Gary’s Chicaros, said, “I’ve been in business 44 years, I think I can spot a freak or a f****t.”

He added, “I don’t deal with these people walking down the street with no jobs on welfare.”

James said, “If I reached over there and slapped the sh** out of you, you should be offended. But to call someone a ‘ch**k’ or someone call me a bigot, that doesn’t bother me.”

Now, a wave of comments on Facebook claim James refuses to serve African-Americans, Hispanics and people with disabilities, like Matt Gard.

Gard said, “He doesn’t like certain people of race, color, ethnicity.”

Gard was a regular at Gary’s Chicaros restaurant for years.

He said he turned a blind eye to the owner’s choice of customers, until recently.

Gard said, “Now, he tried to find a weak excuse not to let me in with my wheelchair or the weak excuse of having loud people with me.”

After getting turned away for a steak dinner, Gard said it’s about his disability.

James claimed that’s just not the case.

James said “He created an issue. You only have one time here. You create an issue, you’re out forever.”

Gard and at least 140 others posted on a Facebook page that said James’ attitude has crossed the line to discrimination.

Even the business’ t-shirt is viewed as offensive.

The shirt features derogatory slogans against homosexuals, it has the N-word on the front and threatens violence against Muslims, minorities and democrats.

James said he is proud to wear that shirt.

He said, “I really don’t want gays around. Any man that would compromise his own body would compromise anything.”

Gard said, “The people who still go back and patronize his business are condoning his behavior in how he treats others.”

James said, “Well if you work, you own a business, pay your taxes, you’re more than welcome here. If you’re on welfare, stay at home and spend my money, there.”

Strong words in a small town where no one has challenged his business practices.

The Office of Civil Rights Enforcement is a division of the Oklahoma Attorney General’s Office which investigates cases of discrimination in employment, housing, and public accommodation based on race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability and age.

If you feel that you are the victim of civil rights discrimination, you are asked to contact theOklahoma Attorney General’s office.

11 comments

  • MyTakeOnIt

    Unfortunately, the guy does have the right to have his misguided views and serve who he pleases.

    Look at it this way (analogy). Certain bars in York turn out any male wearing a tank top. Signs specifically discriminate against men wearing them. All bars state they have the right to refuse service to anyone for any reason. It seems that the laws of nature would drive places like this out of business unless there are more people that support the rule. (Side note – apply this same principle to smoking bars and nonsmoking bars and ask why there is a movement include the ban of all smoking in all bars)

    No, I have not lost sight that this is about hate and racism. If you were not his type, then would you really care to go there anyway? Would you prefer he hide it and do stupid crap like spit in your food instead?

    • MyTakeOnIt

      This restaurant owner is a freak for his views, therefore, by his own rules, he may not be served. Although this is a slick trick to attract free international advertising to his business.

  • GimmeABreak

    I also think he has a right to say what he chooses to and serve or refuse to serve whomever he chooses. Obviously I disagree with his views but that is what America is about.

    But to be clear there is a difference between this and the Duck Dynasty controversy. In that dust up, the government wasn't censoring Duck Dynasty, A&E a private business was which again was their right.

    Clearly the best approach to this is to ignore him and do not frequent his establishment. And note, in this case since his views may be considered extremely offensive not frequenting his establishment may be easy. BUT I will be the first to admit, that approach is not also so easy so the level of offense is the key. I say this because I do not agree with every actor or singer but if I like the movie or song I will still see the movie or buy the song.

  • Sabido Robles

    Faggots and dykes should be infected with AIDS by injection, then dropped on an island where they can die of their insanity!

    • lauren

      that is entirley your opinion- and each person can have their own thoughts but i am offended by those words. some of the most kind hearted people are intrested in the same sex and that doesnt change them as a person in my eyes. Love is love and if your lucky enough to find it, cherish it! dont penalize people for their OWN wants and thoughts…. This article sickens me only because people in wheelchairs are no different then others and i do believe this is discrimination (GARD – also was a customer for years, now all of the sudden hes not welcome) – James is going to lose business after this post…

    • MyTakeOnIt

      HAHAHA You (Sabido Robles) are so ignorant. Sometimes I get a kick out of rambling stupidity like this. It's like listening to someone describe some upcoming apocalypse. You can't help but listen and crack up inside at the insanity.

  • ann

    Him being a fool aside. With everything else going on in that p,ace….did anyone else notice the cat running around? And I wonder what would happen if he himself became disabled?….

    • lauren

      exactly! put himself in their shoes, he doesnt know what its like to have people staring or making comments just because hes disabled he is still HUMAN like the rest of us! what happened to everyones equal? America isnt the same anymore , such a shame

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