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November 6, 2013

Gay Chickasha man says he was asked to leave Walmart because of his sexual orientation

Company confirms investigation underway

CHICKASHA —

A local man said he was asked by a janitor to leave the Chickasha Walmart around midnight Wednesday because of his sexual orientation.

Jonathan Pacheco said he and his boyfriend were shopping when a Walmart employee approached him and asked him a series of questions about homosexuality before he asked him to leave the premises.

"He told me that I wasn't allowed in his store," said Pacheco.

Spokesperson for Wal-Mart Stores Inc. Kayla Whaling confirmed the company is investigating the incident.

"We are still in the process of talking to all who were involved," she said. "As soon as we are finished we will take the appropriate measures."

Pacheco said the employee told him prior to asking him to leave that in his Bible, "it is Adam and Eve, not Adam and Steve."

"I just walked away," said Pacheco. "I wasn't looking for any kind of fight and we weren't acting inappropriately. I just wanted to buy some cookies."

Pacheco said he spoke to two store managers, but no information was taken.

"They didn't write anything down. They just kind of sent me away," he said. "I was so taken aback at what happened, I couldn't do anything but laugh all the way home."

Pacheco said the incident left him feeling conflicted about where he can go to shop in Chickasha.

"I feel like I can't go anywhere now," he said. "Out of all the stores I go to, Walmart is the one that is prejudiced against someone's sexual orientation. I mean, come on." 

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