An openly gay pastor named Jordan Brown of a gay-friendly church called Church of Open Doors in Austin Texas has made a not-so-friendly accusation that came back to bite him. His claim was that Whole Foods flagship store in Texas decorated a custom cake that he bought with a gay slur. An extra epitaph and blatant discrimination had been added to his “Love Wins” cake. However, as it turns out, Whole Foods was not to blame for the fiasco and instead, as surveillance video from his checkout that actually showed;Pastor Jordan actually made the whole thing up. How unpastoral of him.
In his original video Brown, clearly distraught is seen recalling his version of the event saying, “When I got into my vehicle, I looked inside and saw they had wrote, ‘Love Wins F–’ on it,” Brown said in the video. “You can see it nice and clear. Also, it is still in a sealed box. As you see, I have not opened up this box yet.” His video reaching several thousand viewers.
Accompanying the video, Brown filed a lawsuit against Whole Foods claiming that he spent the remainder of the day “in tears” over the alleged discrimination. The suit continues by saying, “The potential for racial, sexual, religious, and anti-LGBT slurs to be written on personalized cakes is high, and Whole Foods knew or should have known that slurs or harassing messages could be written on cakes and then presented to a customer without any oversight or prior warning.”
Whole Foods, citing strict policy concerning custom cakes completely denied Jordans version of events, filing their own counter-suit against him. In the suit, Whole Foods claims Brown, “intentionally, knowingly and falsely accused Whole Foods and its employees of writing the homophobic slur … on a custom made cake that he ordered from WFM’s Lamar Store in Austin.”
They released this security footage pointing out clear signs Brown tampered with the cake :
Whole Foods version of events goes as follows:
- “Our bakery team member wrote ‘Love Wins’ at the top of the cake, which was visible to Mr. Brown through the clear portion of the packaging. That’s exactly how the cake was packaged and sold at the store. Whole Foods Market has a strict policy that prohibits team members from accepting or designing bakery orders that include language or images that are offensive.
- “Mr. Brown admits that he was in sole possession and control of the cake until he posted his video, which showed the UPC label on the bottom and side of the box.
- “After reviewing our security footage of Mr. Brown, it’s clear that the UPC label was in fact on top of the cake box, not on the side of the package. This is evident as the cashier scans the UPC code on top of the box.”
Video: Kaplan Law Firm PLLC