New Orleans woman says she was refused service because she is gay

New Orleans woman says she was refused service because she is gay

NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) - A woman was denied service at a New Orleans Family Dollar store because the is gay, according to  Facebook post and a cell phone video detailing the aftermath of the confrontation.

Melissa Langford said in her post that this was the worst anti gay incident she has ever faced.

Langford was standing in line when the clerk began sharing her beliefs that gays are "sick" and that she had the right to deny service to anyone she wished.

Family Dollar Spokesperson Bryn R. Winburn said there is a code of conduct employees must follow while working in their stores.

"We take incidents like this very seriously. We have a Code of Ethics in place that ensures inclusion for customers and associates and helps to ensure good customer care," Winburn said in a prepared statement. "The code specifically forbids unprofessional conduct and comments on sexual orientation, among other matters. Any activity that goes against this code is simply not how we expect our stores to do business"

This situation is currently under investigation, the statement concluded.

Watch the video of confrontation between the clerk and other customers offended by her remarks.

(WARNING: There is  a significant amount of foul language in the video.)

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