A lesbian couple claim to have been ejected from a Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC) restaurant over their sexuality, though KFC and customers insisted the incident occurred after what was described as public “heavy petting” by the pair.
The two unnamed women were asked to leave a KFC restaurant in Bath in the United Kingdom on Thursday, 18th April, when customers reportedly complained about the couple’s public displays of affection in the fast-food branch.
According to the Independent, the lesbian couple informed the police, and claimed that they were kicked out not because of their behaviour, but rather because they were gay. Avon and Somerset police received complaints about “abuse directed at [the couple] in relation to their sexuality” and “a suggestion that they were asked to leave because they were upsetting other customers”.
One of the women’s fathers, Stephen Pope, said that: “a couple complained about them being gay so the manager threw them out”.
Reports suggest Pope took to Twitter, though whatever he said appears now to have been deleted. He said: “Dear @kfc the manager at your Bath, UK, store just kicked my daughter and her g/f out for being #gay. Is this one of your policies?”
The global KFC Twitter account replied: “Thank you for bringing this to our attention. We can assure you that is not our policy. Can you please DM us with your contact?”
A spokesperson for KFC said: “While we acknowledge that staff may have been over-zealous in asking the couple to leave, we do not believe that the decision had anything to do with their sexuality.
“Staff acted in response to complaints from customers about inappropriate behaviour, however they have since apologised, in person, to the couple, and offered them vouchers as a form of apology, so we hope to welcome them into the store again soon.”
A member of staff at the branch in question told Breitbart London: “We are not at liberty to comment at the moment”.