Footage captured on a mobile phone shows a woman go on a homophobic tirade against a young gay man who was getting a pedicure at Casabella Spa and Nails on December 30.
Christopher Brown says the woman was talking extremely loud during a phone conversation, and when he asked her to take it off speaker mode, she began harassing him and asking the staff to get him to leave. When the staff at the spa refused to do so, she proceeded to leave while screaming words like ‘pussy’, ‘faggot’ and ‘queer’ at the young man.
I’ve been holding back sharing this, but what kind of social justice warrior would I be staying quiet?This situation occurred at my favorite foot spa in Lynnwood, Washington. After this lady storms in the place to talk down to the receptionist, she proceeds to pick out her color at the color pallets wall. After berating another staff member for the selection not being what she wanted, she selects the chair next to me for her pedicure experience.Lucky me. She then proceeds to engage in a FaceTime dialogue with her daughter about the latest drama from school. At this point, the staff are irritated as well as the patrons.Being the outspoken gent that I am, I say “mam, would you kindly mind taking your phone off speaker in the spa, pointing to the signs asking patrons to keep their noise down.She looks at her FaceTime call and goes “hold on, I need to take care of this faggot”.And at this moment I was able to record:Please take a minute to view and share this, and know that even in the Seattle region, life isn’t always sunshine and rainbows for the lgbt community. I hope her family and friends see this one day, and are embarrassed by her despicable behavior. There is still work to do folks. #resist
Posted by Christopher Brown on Thursday, January 3, 2019
Sharing the clip on Facebook, Brown wrote, “I’ve been holding back sharing this, but what kind of social justice warrior would I be staying quiet?
“This situation occurred at my favourite foot spa in Lynnwood, Washington. After this lady storms in the place to talk down to the receptionist, she proceeds to pick out her colour at the colour pallets wall. After berating another staff member for the selection not being what she wanted, she selects the chair next to me for her pedicure experience.
“She then proceeds to engage in a FaceTime dialogue with her daughter about the latest drama from school. At this point, the staff are irritated as well as the patrons.”
Brown then says that after asking the woman to take her phone off speaker, she began hurling abuse at him and he began recording.
“She looks at her FaceTime call and goes ‘hold on, I need to take care of this faggot’,” he wrote.
Speaking to KOMO News, Brown describes how shocked he was by the incident:
“It took about a week of not sleeping, a week of anxiety, a week of worrying [about] what would happen if I didn’t act, for me to finally step up.
“I know this was just words, but they really do matter.”
Shortly after the video was shared it had been reshared more than 1,000 times.
Brown says that he moved to Seattle from Indiana because of its reputation as an inclusive city.
Brown now hopes that this video inspires the woman to change her attitude and says, “I wouldn’t want to cause any undue harm on her life. I would just want her to come to light with what she said, realize that those views are not okay and that you can’t treat people like that.”
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