Two boyfriends Were Kicked Out Of California Mall By Security Guard After Kissing And Holding Hands on A Bench: FOX40 Reports
Posted By: Adrian Garcia | Mar 5, 2013 at 6:41 am EST[dropcap2]B[/dropcap2]oyfriends Daniel Chesmore, 21, and Jose Juzman, 24, were asked to leave the Westfield Galleria in Roseville, California Saturday for kissing and holding hands in a FOX40 report.
According to 21-year-old Chesmore, he and his boyfriend shared a few kisses while holding hands. When a security guard confronted the couple about the kissing at the Westfield mall, they began recording the incident. On the recording a voice is heard telling the couple “If you continue to kiss, you will be asked to leave the mall. Period. I counted you guys kissing 25 times. I told you before, we contact any couple […] about this.”
A Galleria representative told the news station that, “Persons that violate the Code of Conduct are asked to leave the property,” but FOX40 found that displays of affection are not mentioned in their code of conduct.
FOX40 spotted dozens of straight couples sitting inside of the Galleria, holding hands and kissing for all to see, in an ‘undercover’ investigation. After hours passed not one couple was asked to leave the mall.
An hour after the incident, Facebook users swarmed to the. Here is a sample of some of the comments left on Roseville Galleria’s Facebook page in the span of one hour Monday night:
[quote_box author=”” profession=””] Kelly Garland: I find the actions of your company reprehensible. I have family and friends of the LGBT community who are wonderful, cash spending, contributors to a sane society. To kick out two men who kissed on the cheek is ridiculous. I would rather see that then some over hormoned teens making out. I will NEVER shop at your mall EVER. Shame on your “code of conduct.”
Meg Woods: Your security guard was COMPLETELY out of line for discriminating against Daniel Chesmore and Jose Guzman. General Manager Eddie Ollmann needs to be canned for this. Brushing off the press, making excuses for his employees’ discrimination, and lying about mall policy, how despicable can you be? … He should have issued an immediate formal apology and removed that security guard. Instead he made an asshat out of himself, and the LGBT community and supporters aren’t going to let this go lightly.
Chris Lane: I am disgusted by your blatant disregard for humanity and the perpetuation of gay discrimination in our community. You just put Sacramento on the map as the most gay hating metro in the US. #commendable
Teresa Ansell: I’m disappointed at the recent news, to say the least. How devastating for that young couple. I hope Westfield does right by them. No one should have to deal with that kind of discrimination this day and age. In California, we should be better…
Brandon Baguio: I say we gather our GLBT communities, head to the Galleria, and spend the day expressing ourselves… How does Saturday the 9th sound to everyone?
Eli Shadow-Walker: Until you come out and not only apologize to the couple and the LGBTQ community, but make a donation to an organization like GLAAD, I will not be shopping at any Westfield center. Your bigotry and insincerity have cost you a lifetime customer. You have seriously let your community down.
Bobby Smith: Thanks for letting the LGBT community know how you feel. For your insincere and despicable response to a clear case of discrimination you are losing an entire family of customers. I hope defending bigotry was worth it.
Bonnie Monroe: I will NEVER be shopping at this mall again! A public appology needs to be made on all local radio stations, new stations and in all local papers!
Justin Martin: I won’t be shopping at your mall, ever again. You are a disgrace to the greater Sacramento community. Shame on you for promoting such hate and bigotry. Same-sex couples are entitled to every right everyone else has, period.
[/quote_box] Well said Facebook users, well said!