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Watch: Piece 'a' Prejudice Pizza? Little Caesar's Worker Fired After 'Gay' Receipt

by Kilian Melloy
Wednesday Feb 20, 2019
Cousins Marcus Robertson and Rosman Harris
Cousins Marcus Robertson and Rosman Harris  (Source:Screen grab/WTVR)

Two men who placed an order at a Little Caesar's Pizza in Henrico Country, Virginia, found that the word "Gay" had been printed on their receipt, reports local news station WTVR.

The cousins are, in fact, gay, they say, but that's beside the point. They claim that while other customers were asked their names, the two men were not. Moreover, the customer experience they describe was odd from the start.

"She turned around and walked directly back into the kitchen," Marcus Robertson told WTVR, describing his version of how the cashier acted when the men approached the counter to place their order. "No 'Excuse me,' no nothing."

After placing their order, the men left for a short time and then returned to pick up their pizzas. That was when they saw the word "Gay" on the receipt.

"I was baffled," Rosman Harris told the local media, "and it made me angry because I feel like it's 2019 and we're still having to deal with this."

The fact that neither Harris nor his cousin, Marcus Robertson, said anything to the cashier about being gay made the interaction all the more puzzling. Reported Yahoo News.

"It was this preconceived notion of, 'Oh, these are gay men.' So why would you write that?" Harris demanded. "I'm not understanding that."

Robertson is hearing impaired and uses a hearing aid, media sources noted. When another relative — a third cousin — went to the pizzeria to question the men's treatment, it was to find the same cashier on duty. When the relative asked for an explanation, the cashier claimed that Robertson was being "rude" and "loud," reported Essence.

"So my cousin was, like, 'No, he wasn't being loud or rude,' " Robertson recounted. " 'He's hearing impaired, so when he talked loud that's for him to hear himself speak."

The cashier in question was subsequently fired, media reports said, and the company issued a statement:


Little Caesars maintains a zero-tolerance policy against any violations of professional conduct. This is a highly unusual, isolated situation at a store locally owned and operated by a franchisee. The franchise owner took immediate action to investigate this matter and has terminated the employment of the individual involved in the incident.


The men are reportedly thinking about pursuing legal action. Robertson said of such employee conduct that "not only does it impact your business, it impacts your image as well."

Watch the WTVR report below.

Kilian Melloy serves as EDGE Media Network's Assistant Arts Editor. He also reviews theater for WBUR. His professional memberships include the National Lesbian & Gay Journalists Association, the Boston Online Film Critics Association, The Gay and Lesbian Entertainment Critics Association, and the Boston Theater Critics Association's Elliot Norton Awards Committee.


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