All Michael Garcia and his boyfriend Armando wanted was to have a nice relaxing couple’s massage at Joy Feet Spa in Naples, Florida.
But when spa manager Jerry Liu learned they were a gay couple, he turned them away, even though they had already paid for the massage online.
Speaking to NBC2, Garcia explains: “I was like, ‘Why?’ He was like, ‘Cause it’s female and male,’ and he just kept pointing to a poster on the wall for couples massages.”
But don’t just take his word for it. There’s video of the interaction.
Liu has since apologized, saying he never “meant to discriminate” against the guys. Um, except that he did discriminate against the men.
“I apologize,” Liu said on Facebook. “It’s my fault.”
He chocked it up to a cultural difference. In China, he claims, the word “couple” means a man and a woman, but he says he now understands being a couple isn’t limited to just opposite-sex partners.
“It doesn’t matter where he’s from,” Garcia says. “He’s here in America. He should know that that’s a thing. It’s normal. Treat everybody equally—black, white, gay, straight—it doesn’t matter. We’re human. We all came from the same thing.”