A lesbian couple claim they were asked to leave a restaurant in Pointe-Claire, a suburb of Montreal, after showing affection for one another.
Carolyn Shaughnessy and Jessica Goldberg say they were having a nice dinner at Le Manoir last Friday when a manager came up to them.
“I was on the phone in the corner and [my girlfriend] came up behind me, and she hugged me and kissed me on the cheek, and he approached us,” Shaughnessy said in an interview with Global News.
“He just kept saying that what we were doing was inappropriate,” Goldberg added.
The woman say they were then asked to gather their things and escorted out of the restaurant by security.
Afterwards, Shaughnessy took to Facebook to express her outrage, writing: “THEY KICKED US OUT FOR BEING GAY. Safe to say that I won’t ever be returning there again. I’m disgusted.”
The post quickly garnered over 100 shares.
The restaurant’s owner, Peter Segakis, personally apologized to the women for the incident. Le Manoir also posted an apology on its official Facebook page. It read, in part:
“Le Manoir of Pointe Claire and its president, Peter Sergakis, wish to express their deepest apologies to all, but more specifically, to the whole Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender community (LGBT) and such, pursuant to the extreme actions taken this past Saturday by of one of the Manoir Pointe-Claire employees.”
So far, the Facebook apology has accumulated 80 comments, many of which are calling for the offending manager to be fired and for people to boycott the restaurant.
Segakis also told Global News, “If he would have called me and told me that two girls were kissing, I’d tell him that’s normal today and I would tell him not to throw them out.”
Still, Shaughnessy says she and her girlfriend won’t be returning to Le Manoir anytime soon. We can’t say we blame them.