Married gay couple claim they were CHASED out of a California Burger King by employee who hurled homophobic slurs at them and threatened to shoot them
- A married gay couple say they were called homophobic slurs, threatened with a weapon, and then kicked out of a California Burger King by a worker last month
- Leo and Romiro Mendez were taking their 2-year-old son out to eat on July 24 when they were told the Salinas restaurant was closed upon picking up the order
- ‘When we got to Burger King restaurant, the manager refused to give us our food saying the restaurant was closed even though they were still open’ Leo Mendez said
- The couple said the worker then began yelling at them before making threats of using a weapon before chasing them out of the store
- Authorities in Stanislaus County place say that employees from the Burger King were cooperating, telling cops that the Mendezes were really the aggressors
- Authorities have moved the case along to the district attorney, which could result in hate crime charges due to the threat of physical violence
Leo and Romiro Mendez alongside their 2-year-old son
A married gay couple said they were called homophobic slurs, threatened with a weapon, and then literally chased out of a California Burger King by an employee last month.
Leo and Romiro Mendez, who have been married for seven years, ordered meals for themselves and their 2-year-old son via the Burger King app July 24.
‘Our two-year-old son was hungry, so I decided to place an order using my Burger King app so we wouldn’t have to wait for the food and because it’s right off the freeway,’ Leo Mendez told the outlet.
But when they got to the Salinas restaurant’s drive-thru window to pick up the food, they were told it was closed, Newsweek reported.
‘When we got to Burger King restaurant, the manager refused to give us our food saying the restaurant was closed even though they were still open.’
Leo Mendez said an employee then began yelling at them and made threats about using a weapon.
Mendez said a Salida Burger King worker yelled anti-gay slurs at them and flashed a hand signal indicating a gun, then chased them away from the building
‘He was calling us f******, laughing at us, flipping us off, and said he was going to go get the strap [his gun] from the back,’ he said of the employee
‘He was calling us f******, laughing at us, flipping us off, and said he was going to go get the strap [his gun] from the back,’ he said.
Video of the employee harassing and threatening them has since emerged online.
The couple, who had pulled into the drive-thru, added that when they tried to leave the window, they were chased by the employee, who continued to yell insults at them even as they sped away. The couple claims they were frightened at the suggestion of a weapon.
‘My husband and I were so scared for our lives, we left without caring about a refund, food, or anything. We just wanted to go home and be safe,’ Leo Mendez said.
Pictured: Salida, California Burger King where the July 24 incident is alleged to have taken place
The couple say that they have yet to hear from the fast food giant regarding the incident
Authorities in Stanislaus County where the incident took place told KGTV that employees from the Burger King were cooperating with law enforcement, and told investigators that the Mendezes were actually the aggressors.
Meanwhile, police have sent the case to the district attorney, which could result in potential misdemeanor hate crime charges due to the alleged threat of physical violence.
‘We shouldn’t wait for something to happen. We should pursue it when we can actually make an action, not wait until someone has been shot, someone has been killed,’ Romiro Mendez told the station.
The couple told the outlet that they have not heard from the fast food giant regarding the incident. A request for comment by Mail Online was not immediately returned as of Wednesday afternoon.
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