Arizona Nightly News
Social media once again hits hard, this time affecting the District American Kitchen & Wine Bar at the Sheraton Phoenix Downtown Hotel.
A lesbian couple, celebrating their anniversary in the restaurant, was reportedly kicked out after a kiss and hug. "My partner and I were reminiscing... in one of the tall booths. I had my arm around her neck, and she had her hand around my waist. I gave her a hug for about a minute, pulled myself away to give her a quick kiss, and then we continued talking," Kenyata White told AZ Central.
A manager went up to them and asked them to leave, claiming a group of men felt uncomfortable. White claims the manager repeatedly told them, "There's thousands of rooms here. You need to go get one." The manager became apologetic after White started tearing up, offering them free drinks the next night.
Of course, when the incident was posted on Facebook, social media wreaked havoc on the hotel's Facebook page.
Since then, hotel management has sent out a statement saying, "Our restaurant is open for all to enjoy and we sincerely regret that this incident took place."
On Facebook, they have responded with, "We have cultivated strong relationships with organizations dedicated to diversity. We have supported and we will continue to support many events that are specific to gay, lesbian, and allied individuals."