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Under The HOMOPHOBIC Tree At SPAR ...
 
# 1 : Friday 1-2-2013 @ 04:34
 
 
Gosh darn it, I'm mad as hell! We aught to turn that spot into make out central, all times of the day and night.

Spar Ireland says it's investigating an alleged incident of homophobia in Dublin last weekend.
A man claims he and his boyfriend were abused in the Spar on the corner of Dame St. and George's St. because of their sexuality.
He says when he kissed his boyfriend the security guard, said 'Take it back to the George, you f****ts.' The George is a well known gay bar in the area.
In a statement on Twitter, Spar Ireland said, 'SPAR Ireland notes the many concerned comments in relation to an alleged incident in a SPAR store on Dame Street which is independently owned and operated.
'SPAR Ireland prides itself on respect for all regardless of gender, nationality, colour, creed, or sexual orientation and abhors any action that contravenes that. 'We are currently working with the independent store owner, the Gardai and the private security company to establish the facts of the alleged incident. 'In the meantime, it is important that we all respect the requirement for due process as the allegations are investigated.'

http://www.spin1038.com/page/1.74.416/3916/0/
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# 2 : Friday 1-2-2013 @ 10:16
 
 
I heard about this on the Niall Boylan show the other night on 4FM,,What really shocked me was the amount of anti gay people still amongst us. The text messages from listers that Niall read out was shocking,, I thought we were way beyond this.
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# 3 : Friday 1-2-2013 @ 10:47
 
 
I was listening to that discussion on 4FM the other night also. I was expecting the usual homophobic rubbish to be on it from some people, but the presenter Niall Boylan was angered by some of the stuff that callers were ringing in with.

One caller said that "all gays should be put down"
Some callers were ringing in to the switch saying that Boylan's son was a fag
The two people handling the calls for the show were getting abuse from some calls and being called "queer-lovers"

I think the whole fuss about Spar-gate has died down a little, but what is troubling me is the amount of homophobia that appears to still be out there. It's 2013, i thought we were past all this.
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# 4 : Friday 1-2-2013 @ 11:38
 
 
Most phone in radio shows, especially at night, attract seriously unstable people.
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# 5 : Friday 1-2-2013 @ 12:00
 
 
I also heard the Niall Boylan show and I just hope that none of them had kids attempting to deal with the possibility that they might be gay.

Generally don't listen to those shows as they do tend to attract the same type of caller
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# 6 : Friday 1-2-2013 @ 12:09
 
 
Unfortunately incidents like these tend to bring the scumbag homophobes and bigots crawling out of the woodwork.

Is a boycott of that particular store or Spar in general planned?
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# 7 : Friday 1-2-2013 @ 12:14
 
 
I don't think so. I am sure some people will boycott it but that's their own choice. There was talk of some silly protest happening this Saturday evening, but I've heard no more about it so bopefully it won't be going ahead.

The offending security staff member has been removed from the store in question, the fuss appears to have died down, so I think it's time to move on from it now.
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# 8 : Friday 1-2-2013 @ 12:31
 
 
Someone said :
I don't think so. I am sure some people will boycott it but that's their own choice. There was talk of some silly protest happening this Saturday evening, but I've heard no more about it so bopefully it won't be going ahead.

The offending security staff member has been removed from the store in questions, the fuss appears to died down, so I think it's time to move on from it now.

Exactly.
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# 9 : Friday 1-2-2013 @ 14:02
 
 
Can people not distinguish between an isolated incident caused by one dodgy employee and a culture of homophobia?
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# 10 : Friday 1-2-2013 @ 14:29
 
 
I think a "culture of homophobia" is more than a mild exaggeration but I wouldn't call the facebook response an "isolated" incident either.

http://sparhomophobes.tumblr.com/
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# 11 : Friday 1-2-2013 @ 14:44
 
 
Some people just love to jump on a bandwagon.
Following the story on the Spar FB page was quite amazing. People wanting to boycott spar, hold protests outside and even have flash mobs inside the shop, all within hours of the person posting about the experience on their FB page.

No inquiry, no other side of the story, no cctv, nothing. They want Spar to suffer and all the staff (which probably include many gay people) to suffer and possibly lose jobs.

There were reports that the guy who was verbally abused was also using racist language towards staff members. I wonder how many people who are so quick to condemn spar as being homophobic will also condemn these racist comments should they be true? Im not seeing much said about that?

The responses that were removed from the FB page were disgusting, and im glad they were captured before being removed, id like to she the people threatening violence against gay people get a visit from the guarda.
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# 12 : Friday 1-2-2013 @ 14:45
 
 
I think that the full story of what really happened needs to come out before people rush to judgement but I'm not a big fan of Spar in any case as they are a complete rip-off and don't treat their staff as well as other stores.
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# 13 : Friday 1-2-2013 @ 14:51
 
 
I agree completely BBJ. The truth needs to come out. Hoping it will go away doesn't help either side in the case or the consequent uprising that has followed sans evidence for either side.

The people who put their name to the hate comments they spewed over this case should be taken to task. Spar / Spar staff should NOT be taken to task until their guilt is proven. That is how the law operates in this country.
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# 14 : Friday 1-2-2013 @ 14:58
 
 
I bought a chicken roll in Spar today?

Is that ok?
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# 15 : Friday 1-2-2013 @ 15:35
 
 
Someone said :
I bought a chicken roll in Spar today?

Is that ok?

No. You now officially hate gay people.
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