Whole Foods counter-sues gay pastor for ‘fraudulent’ allegations about anti-gay cake
Whole Foods Market is counter-suing a gay Austin pastor, accusing him of making up his story about receiving a cake containing an anti-gay slur, the Austin-American Statesman reported.
“After a deeper investigation of [Jordan] Brown’s claim, we believe his accusations are fraudulent and we intend to take legal action against both Mr. Brown and his attorney,” the Austin-based company said in a statement.
Brown and his lawyer released a video on Monday saying that he ordered a cake from the company’s flagship store last week with “Love wins” written in icing on it, only to get it back with, “Love wins f*g” written on top instead.
Brown, who said he was taking legal action against the company, is seen in the video showing the cake inside its box and a UPC label at the bottom of the container.
The food market chain responded by saying that it was standing behind the employee who prepared Brown’s order, describing them as part of the LGBTQ community. It also released security camera footage the company said contradicted Brown’s claims.
“After reviewing their 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,” the statement read. “This is evident as the cashier scans the UPC code on top of the box.”
The security camera footage posted by Whole Foods can be seen below.