Shop Owner Will Deny ‘Openly Gay’ Customers
The owner of a Michigan auto repair shop has announced he won’t hesitate “to refuse service to an openly gay person or persons.”
Brian Klawiter, the owner of Dieseltec on Ottawa Avenue in Grandville, posted the statement to his company’s Facebook page on Tuesday because he says the voices of those who have Christian, conservative values are often overshadowed by those who do not.
“I want to have a voice about this,” Klawiter told 24 Hour News 8 Wednesday. “I want to be heard about this… It’s challenging to decide to say I’m on the opposing side of what’s seen as the popular view…
“Apparently if you are white (or close to it), you have a job, go to church, and own a gun…That translates into racist, privileged, bigot… Our rights as conservative Americans are being squashed more and more everyday…” the post reads in part.
The line that’s drawing the most conversation is the one that addresses “openly gay” individuals.
“I would not hesitate to refuse service to an openly gay person or persons. Homosexuality is wrong, period,” Klawiter wrote. “If you want to argue this fact with me then I will put your vehicle together with all bolts and no nuts and you can see how that works.”
Warman1138 April 16th, 2015 at 8:16 am
Does this mean another group of fools will start jumping up and down flinging money at this guy?
CHOCOL8MILK April 16th, 2015 at 8:22 am
I”m certain that he’s hoping to cash in on the gofundme potential.
Warman1138 April 16th, 2015 at 8:37 am
The bonus of satisfaction that a successful scam brings is often in the level of intelligence of the marks also.
Larry Schmitt April 16th, 2015 at 9:22 am
Would that include people like the “effeminate heterosexual” from SNL? (I can’t post a link, I’m at work) Where does this buffoon go to get his gaydar calibrated? Do “openly gay” people use a different kind of money?
whatthe46 April 16th, 2015 at 9:47 am
someone is looking to jump on the gofundme band wagon.
Suzanne McFly April 16th, 2015 at 9:50 am
Jimmy Fleck April 16th, 2015 at 11:37 am
That is what it looks like to me too. Why would a car repair shop even know if a customer was homosexual? Seems like he is jumping up and down shouting look at me! look at me! hoping to be criticized so he can get people to give him money.
whatthe46 April 16th, 2015 at 11:48 am
it makes absolutely no sense what-so-ever. guess he’s tired of working too.
Dwendt44 April 16th, 2015 at 1:32 pm
The pink tutu is a dead giveaway.
whatthe46 April 16th, 2015 at 9:48 am
some white people aren’t happy if they don’t have someone it hate. they don’t care about race or ethnicity, just have to hate about something. and that means hating white people even if you’re a racist, because of your sexual orientation. what a christian.
arc99 April 16th, 2015 at 10:39 am
you took the words right out of my mouth.
since the inception of our republic, the most conservative elements in our country have always needed some group of people to hate whether it was native Americans, Chinese, Jews, Irish, blacks, communists or now gay people and Muslims.
Guy Lauten April 16th, 2015 at 12:26 pm
they elevate themselves by putting someone else down. they are so afraid of being at the bottom of the shit-pile that they have to find someone else they can deem “lower than them” so they can dump on them. anyone different from them is fair game for their narcissistic insecurity.
Bunya April 16th, 2015 at 2:37 pm
….but to disguise their hatred as their “religious belief” is pretty cowardly, if you ask me.
whatthe46 April 16th, 2015 at 10:45 am
well unlike the nasty pizza place, you make more money at any given time repairing cars. i hope he loses a lot of business from the straight community. when his income starts to look like that of a failing pizza joint, that will be sweet KARMA. the fool.
Snick1946 April 16th, 2015 at 10:49 am
Not sure why but the auto repair business has more right wing whack job shop owners than you will find in any other sort of business. I’ve been in places with overtly political signs up on the walls, etc.
mea_mark April 16th, 2015 at 11:06 am
I noticed that too, but I am in Texas and thought it just might be that they were Texans. smh
Snick1946 April 16th, 2015 at 11:17 am
Some of these places sort of try to shame you for using a credit card to pay for their services. I had my car in one place that had a Visa logo on the door and the owner got angry when I offered mine to pay for repairs- I got a lecture about going into debt, etc. I politely suggested if he felt that strongly maybe he needed to remove the logo on his door. Just nuts.
mea_mark April 16th, 2015 at 11:40 am
If you put it on the card and the repair was done wrong the credit card company can protect you. That’s what they are afraid of, the credit card company coming down on them.
tracey marie April 16th, 2015 at 5:42 pm
AE is the best for service jobs and travel, they cover everything!
Dwendt44 April 16th, 2015 at 1:29 pm
With the proliferation of ‘rewards’ cards these days, I know people that charge groceries, and even small purchases under $5. The seller that takes a credit card pays a fee for that, and he also gets a percentage taken off the top of the charge too.
Snick1946 April 16th, 2015 at 11:20 pm
Right. But, this was an unexpected emergency repair to my electrical system I needed to have done so i could get to my job, around $300 total. That is not small change and is the sort of expense that a lot of people put on plastic then pay off in a month or so, which I did. This guy was just being a dick. .
tracey marie April 16th, 2015 at 5:41 pm
Naw, the inspection place i go to has a toothless guy who has worked there since he was 12, his sins are also toothless and have worked there since he bought it and they live in two rusted trailors behind the shop. They hunt, hate blacks and hispanics(they are half hispanic) and have a target with the President on it.
Guy Lauten April 16th, 2015 at 12:17 pm
Strangely enough, I think you’ll also find that the average education level of auto repair shop owners is at an 8th-grade level.
Hmmmm… coincidence? I think not!
Guy Lauten April 16th, 2015 at 12:30 pm
I wonder: If someone who is “straight-looking” (whatever THAT means) came in, had some $500 or more in auto repairs done, and THEN went back to get their car with their same-sex significant other, would the shop owner refuse to take their “gay” money?
granpa.usthai April 16th, 2015 at 6:12 pm
he would have to deny payment for ‘services’ he’d already rendered to the gays!?!
but I don’t think he could legally hold their property if they’re willing to pay.
I guess he’d have to give ’em a ‘freebie’
and make another sign?
Bunya April 16th, 2015 at 2:42 pm
Great idea! He can put a huge sign on his door, “NO F@GS ALLOWED”. Maybe put another sign right by the street, so passing motorists will know not to waste their time patronizing their shop. Then, in a few weeks, he can replace that sign with a “going out of business” sign.
Larry Schmitt April 16th, 2015 at 2:49 pm
And that’s right before he retires to the nearest NO F@GS ALLOWED island, after a bunch of other bigots throw money at him through his Gofundme account.
Bunya April 16th, 2015 at 2:58 pm
You’re right. I forgot. Bigotry pays (big time) in this country.
Larry Schmitt April 16th, 2015 at 2:47 pm
“Apparently if you are white (or close to it), you have a job, go to church, and own a gun…That translates into racist, privileged, bigot…” No, your actions prove you’re racist and bigoted. These people you want to deny a service don’t want to be your friends, they just want to buy something. They want to give you money. You operate a business. Don’t you get it? You’re so stupid you want to turn away paying customers simply because of who they love. You, sir, are an idiot.
tracey marie April 16th, 2015 at 5:39 pm
At least he outed himself as an inbred phobe.Now GLBT people need to go to his shop, if he refuses or causes injury sue him into bankruptcy
whatthe46 April 16th, 2015 at 7:21 pm
yeah, but why take the chance, this fool may really hurt someone. best to run him out of business.
tracey marie April 16th, 2015 at 7:22 pm
No, they can make him refuse service because of them being gay then sue, or have a mechanic check the vehicle then sue.
granpa.usthai April 16th, 2015 at 6:07 pm
a bolt with no nuts is like a PBJ sandwich with skimpy fixin’s.
what a Headline!
OPENLY GAYS DRIVE MECHANIC OUT OF SHOP AND INTO CLOSET
whatthe46 April 16th, 2015 at 7:20 pm
frambley1 April 16th, 2015 at 8:55 pm
I’m just wondering if he opened a GoFundMe account just before or just after he announced his intentions. Gotta cash in on bigotry while you still can.
tracey marie April 17th, 2015 at 12:28 am
someone did but it was closed
Ronald L April 16th, 2015 at 9:23 pm
>> “I will put your vehicle
together with all bolts and no nuts and you can see how that works.”
This guy is all nuts, for sure
tracey marie April 17th, 2015 at 12:28 am
One of his suppliers has pulled out, he just killed his business
jybarz April 17th, 2015 at 3:45 am
This bigoted guy is suicidal… business-wise or whatever.
Another one down the toilet!
So well deserving!
rg9rts April 17th, 2015 at 7:12 am
And how does he determine openly gay??
Glaisne April 17th, 2015 at 12:56 pm
“Apparently if you are white (or close to it), you have a job, go to church, and own a gun…That translates into racist, privileged, bigot… ”
Exactly right! That is exactly what you are and you are proving it through your actions and statements, conservatard. There goes another conservatard business about to go under by alienating his customer base. Good riddance!
“Our rights as conservative Americans are being squashed more and more everyday…” the post reads in part.”
Your rights to be a bigot? Your rights to discriminate? I got news for you sparky, them ain’t rights! Moron.