Whole Foods Market is fighting back after it was accused of selling a cake that was decorated with a gay slur. NBC News reports that the store chain “plans to take legal action against a customer who claimed a bakery employee wrote a gay slur on a cake he purchased from its flagship Austin, Texas, store.”
Photos of the cake circulated online Monday, showing a cake topped with the inscription “Love Wins,” followed by a short gay slur. Jordan Brown, a pastor at the Church of Open Doors in Austin, circulated the photo, along with a tweet reading: “That’s not the cake I ordered, @WholeFoods and I am offended for myself & the entire #LGBT community.”
“He and his attorney, Austin Kaplan, filed a lawsuit against the grocer,” the story reports, adding: “Whole Foods said in a statement Monday it denied the slur had been written by the employee — who, they said, ‘is part of the LGBTQ community.'”
After reviewing the case, the chain reportedly countersued today.
“In a counter-suit, Whole Foods Market Rocky Mountains/Southwest, which operates the store, disputed that an employee wrote any slur on the cake, reported NBC affiliate KXAN. The company said it is seeking at least $100,000 in damages, sanctions against Kaplan, and a jury trial,” the story reports.
To see a picture of the cake with the slur, from the website of the Austin Statesman newspaper, click here. Please note that some readers may be offended.