Jame Shawlin and his four-year-old son were recently shopping at Floor & Decor. He had just returned a faulty stone that he was using to finish a fireplace and was checking boxes for cracks and breakages.
A store manager saw what he was doing and approached him in a way that indicated he was not happy that Shawlin was inspecting the quality of the boxes.
Shawlin told the manager, “Hey, you know, my husband and I spend a lot of money here. We’ve been using you guys for ten years. We have $3,000 worth of stone.”
That’s when things turned ugly. “Oh, that explains it now,” replied the store manager, “The faggot that voted for Hillary.” Remember, Mr. Shawlin’s son is standing there listening to this entire ordeal.
Other customers began harassing him for being gay and being a Clinton supporter (though he never said he was).
Another customer overheard the conversation and expressed his sentiments for voting for Trump in the election. The customer then followed Shawlin and his four-year-old son to their car. The man even accused Shawlin and his husband of abusing their son.
The most traumatized part of the event for Shawlin was having his son experience the whole thing.
I am shocked, hurt and very upset. You see this on the news but to actually be on the other side of it is crazy,” said Shawlin.
“I am in shock and in disbelief. I think that what hurts the most is how they mentioned to ‘what the faggots were going to do to this child.’”
Shawlin posted a review on Yelp and shared his experience on Facebook. A regional manager has since contacted Shawlin to apologize and Floor & Decor launched an investigation that resulted in the firing of the store manager. Floor & Decor released the following statement below:
Watch the video about the incident below: