Bradley Kindrick told police the incident happened around 2:30 a.m. when the assailant walked in and started flirting with him. The two then walked back toward the bathroom where, Kindrick says, the man grabbed and slammed him up against the wall, then forcibly kissed him.
“I was scared to death,” Kindrick told NBC affiiate, WAVY. “I was scared that something was going to go further… that he was going to do something really bad to me.”
A few days later, Kindrick said he was fired by store management, who claimed he was drunk on the job. Kendrick denies the allegations and maintains that he was fired for being gay — something 7-11 denies.
“I think because I am openly homosexual I think that they think maybe somebody would come in and do it again,” Kindrick said. “I think that they made up a reason to let me go because they didn’t want stuff like that happening at that store, and they felt like if they kept me, something like that would happen.”
Though Virginia’s discrimination laws don’t cover sexual orientation or gender identity, 7-11 says that it does not discriminate against its employees. Meanwhile, police are currently searching for the kissing bandit and anyone with info is encouraged to contact Crime Line at 1-888-LOCK-U-UP.
(h/t: The Raw Story)