On Valentine’s Day, Ellie Parker and her girlfriend Lucy celebrated with dinner at Asahi Japanese Steakhouse in Lafayette, Indiana. Unfortunately, the festivities were dampened by some garden variety homophobia, courtesy of one of the restaurant’s hibachi chefs.

According to Grub Street, this gleaming representative of humanity ‚Äúdecided to greet customers on Valentine‚Äôs Day by asking each person to state their relationship status.‚ÄĚ


Wow, patrons must have loved that! But rather than answer ‚Äúnone of your motherfucking business, chum,‚ÄĚ Parker and her girlfriend amiably responded that ‚Äúthey were each other‚Äôs Valentines.‚ÄĚ

The chef was not content with the women‚Äôs answer and remarked in turn, ‚ÄúIt‚Äôs such a waste to not have a man.‚ÄĚ He even ‚Äúoffered to join the pair at home to ‚Äėheat things up.‚Äô‚ÄĚ Gross, right?

But the ladies won the day. When the check came, they left, in lieu of a tip, a nugget of wisdom: ‚ÄúDon‚Äôt tell lesbians they need a man on Valentine‚Äôs Day.‚ÄĚ (The check is pictured above.)


Parker later posted an account of the evening on Facebook, along with the photo of the tip-less bill:

‚ÄúI cannot believe I paid over $50 to have my relationship insulted and sexualized,‚ÄĚ writes Parker. Grub Street reports that ‚ÄúAsahi offered Parker a refund ‚ÄĒ if, that is, she agrees to remove her Facebook post that‚Äôs now reached 7,000 shares.‚ÄĚ Parker‚Äôs remarks still have not been deleted, and, as is evident from this post, they‚Äôve garnered significant attention. Good. And well done, Ellie Parker.


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