What people are saying about the Whole Foods cake case

An Austin pastor’s claim that a cake he ordered from Whole Foods came back decorated with a homophobic slur quickly went viral Monday. On Tuesday, the grocery store released security footage from its downtown Austin location that it says contradicts Jordan Brown’s story.

Pastor Jordan Brown takes a moment to compose himself as he is overcome with emotion during a press conference as he speaks about how he felt when he saw a gay slur on a cake he had ordered from Whole Foods. Pastor Jordan Brown and his attorney Austin Kaplan filed a law suit against Whole Foods. RICARDO B. BRAZZIELL/AMERICAN-STATESMAN

Jordan Brown takes a moment to compose himself during a press conference Monday, April 18, 2016. 
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“After a deeper investigation of Mr. Brown’s claim, we believe his accusations are fraudulent and we intend to take legal action against both Mr. Brown and his attorney,” the company said in a statement also released Tuesday.

Watch the footage below.

The video’s release has ignited a social media firestorm. On the American-Statesman’s Facebook page, the story garnered more than 100 comments in an hour. A sample of some readers’ thoughts:

Daniel Ramirez: “This is disgusting. A pastor (while human and therefore fallible) is supposed to lead people to truth, not capitalize on fear and prejudicial tendencies to promote himself or grow his ministry. For shame, sir. For absolute and nearly irredeemable shame. You hurt the cause and worsen the Kingdom by your actions.”

Greg Hollen: “All these false allegations are teaching people to fight back instead of caving in. Unintended consequences.”

Robert Ranco: “As a Plaintiff’s lawyer, this is unfortunate and shameful. This undermines all who have truly endured discrimination and hatred. This man should be required to pay for any expense incurred by Whole Foods.”

Brian Leon: “To be fair, the writing was clearing different. I was wondering if perhaps a more hateful employee sabotaged the order. What a strange case. I mean we are in Texas there is no need to manufacture a sexuality based hate crime.”

Erica Elfrez: “I am confused as to what this video is actually supposed to show… I watched it… People are checking out. Exactly how does this prove either way?? Maybe I am missing it lol”

Twitter users’ reactions ranged from unsure the controversy was truly over …

… to sarcastic …

… to surprised at the turn the story had taken …

… to calling out Brown again.

Learn more about Brown’s claim below.

 

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