Whole Foods disputes gay slur claim, releases video

AUSTIN (KXAN) — Whole Foods has referred to a man’s claim that the store sold him a cake with an-anti gay slur as “fraudulent,” and promised legal action against the man and his attorney, Tuesday.

The store claims their bakery employee wrote “Love Wins” on the cake and did not add the slur, “Love Wins F–“, at the bottom. Whole Foods released surveillance video of Jordan Brown buying the cake on April 14 at the company’s flagship store and headquarters on N. Lamar Boulevard. Brown is the pastor at the Church of Open Doors on E. Riverside Drive.

A spokesperson for Whole Foods says, in the video, you can see the UPC label on the top of the cake box. In a video uploaded by Brown after the incident, the label is seen on the side of the box. The statement from the store goes on to say, “Mr. Brown admits that he was in sole possession and control of the cake until he posted his video.”

Whole Foods reiterated their support for the bakery team member, who “is part of the LGBTQ community.” At a 3 p.m. press conference Monday, Brown, who is black, said, “Saying f– is the same as calling me a n—–.” He also said that he forgave the woman who allegedly inscribed the slur on the cake, “I’m praying for her that she would have a change of heart.”

In Brown’s lawsuit against the store, he claims he didn’t notice the added word until he was at a stop light and looked down at the cake.

Brown’s attorney, Austin Kaplan, said he is reviewing the video.

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