AUSTIN, Texas – A pastor in Texas claims a cake he ordered from Whole Foods Markets last Thursday had a homophobic slur written on the top of it when he received it.
Pastor Jordan Brown says he ordered the cake from Whole Foods and asked the store to include the personalized message “Love Win.” The cake he received featured the message in addition to an anti-gay slur. Brown told KEYE that he was in a rush and didn’t notice it until he was in his vehicle and was leaving the parking lot.
In the YouTube video that Brown says made he made on April 14, the same day of the purchase, he emphasizes to show that the cake’s box was sealed and had not been opened for anyone to tamper with it.
Brown said when he called store management to tell them what happened the manager apologized and asked Brown to handle the situation internally, to not reach out to anyone and would call back. Two hours after that conversation, the manager called Brown back and said the Whole Foods employee did not do it and no action would be taken.
Brown’s attorney Austin Kaplan told KEYE that after they reached out to the Whole Foods corporate office and received no substantive response for more than three days, they filed a lawsuit.
“Pastor Brown never asked for this to happen. He continues to be overwhelmed by the feelings of pain, anguish, and humiliation because of this incident,” Kaplan said. “He frequently shopped at Whole Foods, which makes this all the more shocking and disappointing. What really concerns him is knowing that unless some action is taken, this kind of thing could happen again, and that someone else might have to go through a similarly excruciating experience.”
According to Kaplan, Brown is an openly gay African American man and founder of the Church of Open doors, a non-denominational, Christian-based church.
In response to Brown’s claim, Whole Foods released the following statement:
“The team member wrote ‘Love Wins’ at the top of the cake as requested by the guest and that’s exactly how the cake was packaged and sold at the store. Our team members do not accept or design bakery orders that include language or images that are offensive. Whole Foods Market has a zero tolerance policy for discrimination.”