With one decision, a manager almost made the District American Kitchen and Wine Bar inside the Sheraton Hotel a hated, anti-gay hangout, reports azfamily.com.In a good PR move, the hotel chain is taking full responsibility for the disaster.
Last Sunday, Kenyata White and Aeimee Diaz were asked to leave the restaurant in downtown Phoenix after sharing a kiss on their two-year-anniversary.
“It hadn’t even been a minute after we spoke and the manager came up to us and said we should get a room,” White told Kristine Harrington at azfamily.com. “That our behaviour was inappropriate and we should leave the establishment.”
The manager explained that the table near the women “didn’t like” what they were seeing.
White quickly noted the situation on her Facebook page and received support from her community. The next day, District Kitchen’s own Facebook page was filled with unhappy users:
Both District Kitchen and the Sheraton Hotel posted apologies on their Facebook pages, but deleted the updates as of Wednesday around 3:15 p.m. EST. The apology used to say:
At [District American Kitchen & Wine Bar/Sheraton Hotel], we embrace diversity and are proud supporters of the LGBT community. We are taking this incident very seriously. We have cultivated strong relationships with organisations dedicated to diversity. We have supported and we will continue to support many events that are specific to gay, lesbian and allied individuals. Additionally, we take pride in having a very diverse workplace – a workplace that offers benefits for domestic partners. Our restaurant is open for all to enjoy and we sincerely regret that this incident took place.
Although the Facebook status removal is rather odd, perhaps the establishments were getting too many vengeful comments from users. However, neither the Sheraton or the District Kitchen denied the incident or tried to downplay the situation.
The Sheraton’s general manager, Leo Percopo, also released this statement:
We had the opportunity to meet with the couple late this afternoon to listen to their story and better understand their view and how they felt. We had a collaborative conversation and both parties are taking this incident seriously. Together, we have identified opportunities in which both parties can unite and work together to foster diversity awareness. We embrace diversity and are proud supporters of organisations and events that are specific to diversity, gay, lesbian, and allied individuals. Again, we regret this incident occurred.
We contacted the Sheraton Hotel, but were unable to get an immediate reply.
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