A Portland area man has taken to social media this week to share the receipt he received from the Portland Apple Store, which bears the word “fag” in the space where the customer’s email address should appear.
Adam Gregory Catanzarite, an HIV prevention specialist at the Cascade AIDS Project who identifies as queer, alleges the homophobic slur-emblazoned receipt was given to him on July 8 after he purchased a $29 pair of earpods.
As you can see in the photo below, the word “firstname.lastname@example.org” appears under Adam’s name.
Catanzarite writes on Facebook, where the photo had been shared nearly 500 times since yesterday morning:
Being queer and having worked with queer youth, I know first-hand that this is an example of the type of #homophobic beliefs and actions that lead young people to harm themselves. This type of action is NOT OKAY, especially from a company that prides itself on being LGBTQ inclusive and welcoming.
My friends, I please ask that you like this status or share it with your networks to let them know that #homophobia does not have a place in PDX (or anywhere) and that you reconsider where you spend your money. Perhaps the #Applestore is not so deserving.
Catanzarite has also shared the photo on Imgur and Reddit, where outraged users are already calling for a public apology from Apple.
Also on Facebook, Catanzarite says that the Portland Apple Store manager was alerted to the incident when it happened yesterday, and “did not do what he said he would to rectify the situation,” although Catanzarite doesn’t say what that might have been.
Calls to the Pioneer Square Apple Store from the Oregonian were directed to Apple’s corporate headquarters. According to reports, “the company is aware of the incident, but declined to say more.”