Wetherspoon’s pub branded ‘homophobic’ after quizzing gay men on Covid-19 bubble
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A Wetherspoon's pub has been accused of homophobia by two single gay men who are in a Covid-19 bubble together.
The men are furious after claiming they were grilled by staff at the Green Ginger pub in Torqauy, Devon, and made to feel like second class citizens, Devon Live reports.
The pair claim that mixed sex couples were not asked for the same private information and they eventually left to eat at another bar.
They have since made a complaint to Devon and Cornwall Police.
The men are in their 50s and asked not to be named.
One said: "I feel the management were thoughtless in discriminating against us and had not clue as to what would constitute proof of cohabiting.
"It made us feel a bit like second class citizens being singled out for the 'third degree' for being a male couple."
They say the incident happened last Friday evening (6.40pm), just two days after the second national coronavirus lockdown ended.
They said they were asked for proof they lived together to abide by the new tiered lockdown restrictions.
The pair complained via the pub chain's website but are yet to receive an apology.
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One said: "I said that I did not carry such information and the door person agreed that he did not know how anybody could provide proof of that on demand.
"This would indicate that no other customers had been asked the question previously.
"A friend saw us eating in the Revolution Bar below, through the window and later sent me a message stating that he entered the Green Ginger an hour after me with a friend, this time female and was invited into the premises without question.
"He also suggested that the management, in asking only male couples for proof of living arrangements, were taking a discriminatory and homophobic approach in selecting customers that they would like to frequent their establishment.
"This sort of requirement should only be available to a police officer."
Wetherspoon spokesman Eddie Gershon said: "Wetherspoon is a aware of the issues raised by the customers and we will contact them directly to full understand their concerns.
“It is important to note that Wetherspoon does not operate any entry policies which are discriminatory.”
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