When Peter Casbar, 43, and Noel Robichaux, 46, placed their order at a New Jersey Burger King in 2007, they sure as hell didn’t get it “their way.” The employee at the register who took their order began insulting the couple for being gay, and then proceeded to chase the couple out of the restaurant and down the street along with the store’s manager and several other employees. The Burger King staff beat, kicked and spit upong the two gay men.
All of this is of course a very clear violation of New Jersey’s Law Against Discrimination. It took three years, but the BK bullies were finally prosecuted for committing a hate crime against the two men. The silver lining here: A jury has awarded the couple $3.15 million dollars in punitive damages. You can’t put a price on having your dignity violated, but we’d say that three million bucks is a good start.
It should be noted that Burger King is a franchise-driven restaurant chain. The owners of the violent BK in question own a total of seven under their Food Service Properties Corp. and Union City Restaurant Corp. names, including the Union City location. Burger King sure disapproves of this restaurant’s homophobia, and hopes their criminal assault won’t (but obviously will) reflect poorly upon the brand.
Angel Caraballo and Christopher Soto, two employees of the Union City Burger King are also facing jail time, having plead guilty to aggravated assault charges. Peace out!
Are you happy to see this couple win big in court? Disgusted that they had to endure the attack in the first place? Tell us what you’re thinking.
But while we’re talkign about the big BK, watch this!