Oklahoma Restaurant Owner Accused of Discrimination

He's proud of it, too.

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An Oklahoma restaurant owner accused of discriminating against a customer because of his disability has revealed that he only welcomes certain guests.

Matt Gard said the he was regular at Gary's Chicaros in Enid, Okla. until he was kicked out while simply enjoying a meal. Gard, who was in a wheelchair, told Oklahoma's KFOR that Gary James doesn't like people of "race, color, ethnicity."

James said Gard was turned away because of his own actions. "He created an issue. You only have one time here. You create an issue, you’re out forever," the told KFOR.

The more he spoke, the more he legitimized Gard's claims. "I’ve been in business 44 years, I think I can spot a freak or a f*****," he said. "If you work, you own a business, pay your taxes, you're more than welcome here. [But] if you're on welfare, stay at home and spend my money, there."

KFOR reports that at least 140 people have complained about similar discrimination on Gary Chicaros' Facebook page. The business even has t-shirts bearing the n-word, as well as threats against Democrats and Muslims.

James is as comfortable wearing the shirts as he is openly discussing his bigotry . More people need to take a stand against him and his business.

[via Gawker and KFOR]

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