Cracker Barrel Manager Told Gay Employee Customers Are Afraid They'll "Catch AIDS" From Him, Lawsuit Says

Categories: WTFlorida

crackerbarrel.jpg
Ebyabe via. wikimedia commons
If this inspires Pavlovian drooling on your part, you were probably born in the South.
Scribbled into the DNA of every person born beneath the Mason-Dixon line is a simple credo: thou shall love Cracker Barrel. This creates a lot of regional confusion for those of us born in more civilized parts of the country (this writer included) because, really, cool rocking chairs aside, Cracker Barrel is pretty blah. I mean, it's just breakfast food, no? Denny's is totally better.

But we digress. In South Florida, the Cracker Barrel franchise is again trying to fend off some nasty allegations of discrimination, this time on the basis of sexual orientation. At least one assistant manager at the company is allegedly really living up to the "cracker" part of the name.

According to a federal lawsuit filed this spring, 48-year-old John Bostick entered the chain's corporate training program in 2008 after 25 years of restaurant industry experience.

After logging classroom hours, Bostick was shuffled around to various Cracker Barrels across the country, eventually washing up at a location in Bradenton in February 2011.

Bostick, who is gay, started fielding harassment right away. The suit details a laundry list of instances, including: a time when an assistant manager saw Bostick buying candy and said "buying candy for your boyfriend? How sweet!"; an instance where the same manager saw the employee talking to a table of male customers, then told him, "Tell your buddies, 'cause that's what you all call each other, to visit with you somewhere else"; and a comment again from the manager about how a customer was "probably afraid he'll catch AIDS from" Bostick.

Every time Bostick complained about the good-ole-boy shit, nothing was done, he claims.

This isn't the first time the chain has been targeted with allegations of discrimination. In 2004, the U.S. Department of Justice slapped the chain with a lawsuit alleging widespread discrimination of black patrons in seven states. In 2006, comedian Chris Rock's mom went public with allegations that she was denied service at a South Carolina Cracker Barrel based on race. Here in Florida, in 2010 two white waitresses in Jacksonville sued the company claiming they were fired after reporting discrimination.

So the chain has obviously been struggling with issues of equal employment for awhile. Which leads us to conclude: just go to Denny's.





Advertisement

My Voice Nation Help
14 comments
sweetliberty17761776
sweetliberty17761776 topcommenter

f u for your racism of using the "c" word


if the top mgt is racist or promoting it like say the Dem party,, then file the lawsuits



KennyPowersII
KennyPowersII topcommenter

"At least one assistant manager at the company is allegedly really living up to the "cracker" part of the name."

Hmmm. Can we call "cracker" the "C" word as equal opportunity with the "N" word. See the hypocrisy Mr. Swenson?  

Shane Campbell
Shane Campbell

Unless you're black... then Denny's doesn't want you either.

Star Gem
Star Gem

I wouldn't say that Denny's is better food-wise but I can speak from personal experience as a former employee of Cracker Barrel that it is not a pleasant place to work. They are stuck in a different era and I personally felt discriminated against as well. They keep their servers working 2 and 3 hour shifts and quite frankly, that should say it all.

smokepotallday420
smokepotallday420

FUCK DENNY'S.... NASTY FOOD WITH DIRTY COOKS!! I'LL EAT AT CRACKER BARREL WHERE EVERYTHING IS CLEAN. WHO REALLY CARES ANYWAY? THIS IS THE WAY THE COUNTRY IS AND ALWAYS WILL BE

LWBulldog
LWBulldog

The Cracker Barrel is great!  Gay activists will never be happy until they are no longer a minority.

smdrpepper
smdrpepper

Ive never been to a Cracker Barrel, but from all I have heard, thats a good thing.  Dennys though?  The actions the chain has taken though, thats pretty nasty.  If those managers had said anything like that to a women, there would have been hell to pay.

Bill Moss
Bill Moss

There's a reason why they call it "Cracker Barrel." Jus' sayin'...

New Times Broward Palm Beach
New Times Broward Palm Beach

I fully support a company-wide testing of this theory. It should probably be a week long or something so we're thorough. Will put in the request and let you know.

Alex Henderson
Alex Henderson

Who the fuck puts down Cracker Barrel and says Denny's is better!??! Are you serious? You just really upset me because i like your paper...but i don't understand the idiot who thinks that Denny's pancakes and bacon are better than CB's??? I'm asking for an immediate company testing. Seriously. Get your people together. Test the bacon, eggs, Pancakes (With syrup!!!) and french toast. I'd like you to come back with a company opinion, not this bias crap. I'll come to the testing if need be to be an outside representative, but this bs needs to end asap. Psh!? Denny's better!? HA! =)

chefwallybear
chefwallybear

How are you gonna say denny is better than the crack house. You have lost all credit with me.

Now Trending

Miami Concert Tickets

From the Vault

 

General

Loading...