Whole Foods releases video countering gay slur claim
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 filed a counter-suit 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.
The full statement released by Whole Foods Tuesday:
*]Our bakery team member wrote “Love Wins” at the top of the cake, which was visible to Mr. Brown through the clear portion of the packaging. That’s exactly how the cake was packaged and sold at the store. Whole Foods Market has a strict policy that prohibits team members from accepting or designing bakery orders that include language or images that are offensive.
*]Mr. Brown admits that he was in sole possession and control of the cake until he posted his video, which showed the UPC label on the bottom and side of the box.
*]After reviewing our 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. This is evident as the cashier scans the UPC code on top of the box, which you can view here .
*]We stand behind our bakery team member, who is part of the LGBTQ community, and we appreciate the team members and shoppers who recognize that this claim is completely false and directly contradicts Whole Foods Market’s inclusive culture, which celebrates diversity.”
Brown’s video after leaving Whole Foods
The store also released a photo of their bakery team:
I’m gladto see Whole Foods (or anyone) pushing back against false allegations.