CBS Atlanta 46


An Atlanta man who says he worked at a Chick-fil-A restaurant and the company’s headquarters says he’s finally had enough of its anti-gay rhetoric. It’s Steve Cammett’s time to say, “Eat Lez Bigotrey.”

The 60-year-old Dunwoody man tells CBS Atlanta that continuing to work at Chick-fil-A as it embroiled itself in a gay controversy this summer disrespected the memory of his late sister, a lesbian. The flap reignited last week when an elected official in Chicago said Chick-fil-A was backing down from its donations to anti-gay groups, only to have the company later say it was doing no such thing.

“It’s become a safe place for people to hate and expect to be patted on the back for it. I don’t want to work in that kind of environment,” said Steve Cammett, 60, of Dunwoody.

“Chick-fil-A allowed a mindset to continue, especially amongst their customers, that Chick-fil-A doesn’t like homosexuals,” said Cammett.

In his public exit interview, Cammett says that the comments in July from Chick-fil-A President Dan Cathy not only hurt the company, but they emboldened customers to take their anti-gay shots in stores.

Cammett said since then some customers made inappropriate comments about gays and lesbians. Cammett relayed one story in which a customer put his arm around Cammett’s colleague and said we are sure glad your company is taking a stand against those perverts. “And that person was gay and they didn’t know it. And I just thought, ‘Wow. What has happened here?’” said Cammett.