Vulgarity and idiocy never tasted so good.
A Buffalo Wild Wings in Lake Charles, LA came under fire when several of its employees wrote “For Homeless Fuck! Let sit and get gross” on the receipt of a homeless man’s order on Memorial Day. Unwilling to let the employees involved get away with it, the homeless man shared his ticket with his fellow patrons.
Buffalo Wild Wings has fired a group of staffers in Louisiana involved in writing a derogatory slur on a homeless man’s receipt and has offered the customer free wings for a year. https://t.co/iyn3IVLVr6
— FOX 11 Los Angeles (@FOXLA) May 31, 2018
“You all know that I’m homeless, I don’t have anywhere to live,” the man said to anyone that would listen. Twenty-six-year-old Kailynn Weston was among the other customers and spoke to WAFB, stating, “I was just really upset about it, like why would you do that…” She continued by admitting “[I]t just really upset me.”
Several customers immediately rallied behind the homeless man, demanding repercussions for the employees involved. Buffalo Wild Wings management was more than willing to comply and Ray Rhodes, the location’s regional manager, informed reporters that the employees had been fired. “It’s not our culture and it’s not who we are,” Rhodes stated.
Regional Manager Ray Rhodes tells KPLC the man will receive free wings for a year, a gift card, and the restaurant is donating hundreds of wings to a homeless shelter.https://t.co/F7AiqUOimM
— KPLC (@KPLC7News) May 28, 2018
Buffalo Wild Wings even doubled down on their support for the homeless man, providing him with a gift card to buy new clothes and offering him free wings for a year at all of their locations. The food chain didn’t stop there, however, and even donated several hundred wings to Water’s Edge Gathering Church, a local outreach center for homeless.
On her Facebook page, a member of the center thanked Buffalo Wild Wings and Rhodes, stating, “In 7 years that I’ve been doing this we have never given out wings. I think this is their new favorite!”
It’s surprising that, after so many similar stories have unfolded in the past, employees still can’t quell their hate. In few, if any of those similar situations have people gotten away with being outwardly rude and disrespectful and this incident is just another example of how bigotry and hate can’t hide behind the First Amendment.
There are limitations to everyone's #FreedomOfSpeech, and this is a form of #HateSpeech in my opinion. There must be a #reform in the #FirstAmendment that fully and distinctly describes the limits to freedom of speech. I would definitely describe this incident as #hatespeech.
— Kirsten Law (@kirstens_law) May 31, 2018
While many people are behind Buffalo Wild Wings’ decision, some feel like the story being told is a “one sided [sic] argument” and “ignorant all the way around.”
This is ignorant all the way around… 1st it is a 1 sided argument, the other people are not interviewed, then BWW acts like Starbucks & overcompensated, instead of working it out with staff & their patron. Seriously, for one they could ask which male… https://t.co/ng8SFDQdtU
— ROBIN BOLT (@RobinRBolt) May 30, 2018
He got free wings for a year. But the general manager also bought him a hotel room and gave him a gift card for new clothes and other stuff. After all that the homeless guy is now trying to blackmail them.
— Willow (@The_Red_Willow) June 1, 2018
Another individual questions whether or not management’s actions were enough, asking “Was this the correct form of compensation for this individual? Should more action be taken upon to ensure that workers keep their derogatory views and opinions at bay?”
Was this the correct form of compensation for this individual? Should more action be taken upon to ensure that workers keep there derogatory views and opinions at bay? https://t.co/yCwi3uFNXN
— Abrar_M (@law_abrar) May 30, 2018
Free wings?? A year?? How about giving him a job. I'm sure in a years time he will appreciate a little financial stability over already eaten and forgotten mediocre chicken parts.#theydontseeyourworth #getanattorney #discriminationisagainstthelaw
— Veronica Clark (@Veronicas9806) May 31, 2018
H/T: CBS Local San Francisco, Twitter