Note to readers, if you are a member of the LGBT community/ally don’t patronize Lehigh Pizza located at 13 W 3rd street in Bethlehem Pennsylvania near Lehigh University. The employees that work there have no qualms about using the word FAGGOT.
Feel free to read my review left on Google Reviews.
It was brought to my attention that the link might not work so here is a copy of the review:
Okay my wife and I had decided to get a bite to eat here after viewing the Queer Care exhibit at the Banana Factory Arts Center near by. We ordered 1 slice of BBQ Chicken pizza, 1 slice of Hawaiian style and a Greek Salad. I was asked what kind of dressing on the salad (which to me was odd because usually Greek salads have Greek dressing) we chose blue cheese. I asked for two to share. My wife got us two bottles of water but I forgot mine at the counter, so she went to retrieve it. She heard the young man with curly hair who ran the register say to the guy making the food “Hey Did you see that F….. T !(a derogatory term used to insult homosexuals)”, his buddy said “Yo, he might hear?”, the third employee who sat at a table nearby (who I honestly didn’t even realize worked there) said “Naw he didn’t hear”. This exchange of dialogue that I didn’t hear ruined the meal for my wife who didn’t want to make a scene so told me after we left. The food, her BBQ slice was good, my Hawaiian smelled slightly off but didn’t taste bad, the veggies in the salad fresh and the grape leaves delicious. We asked for blue cheese and got one but also a very old congealed cup of Italian dressing as well. My wife worried that the insult hurled at me (I was wearing a green Stop Suicide Band and a Rainbow LGBT Rights Band on my right arm) was because I didn’t leave a tip at the time of payment. I often don’t for counter service. I kind of wish she had said something when it happened because stuff like that needs to be addressed. They get a ** for food and a zero for hate speech hence the * star rating.
After posting my review on Yelp I was messaged by someone named Brian who represented customer service who wanted to know if they can be if further assistance.
What more do you need ?
My wife was really upset after hearing this exchange of dialogue?
I would have called to speak with management but I don’t want to be accused of here say. I was greatly pissed off and if I had heard this directly there would have been a scene.
I get it. If you got young people working there that don’t know any better, but this guy nor the other two guys seemed “too young”.
It made a so so meal, a terrible meal for my wife. Whether I “heard” it or not is incredibly insensitive and I can’t tolerate it.
I’m in no way accusing you of anything wrong. You are completely right in every point and you have every right to be enraged as we are right now. By your description, we believe we know who it was. We’re reviewing our video tapes to confirm. Please know that this is not who we are at Lehigh pizza. We will get to the bottom of this. We need to know exactly who this is so disciplinary action can be taken. I will keep you updated as this unfolds. Again, please accept our deepest apologies for this horrible action.
Brian – Lehigh Pizza
& Social Media Manager
Brian reached to me again and gave me the personal information of the owner, so I emailed him. Hoping to get closure and a decent response. I’m really not convinced of what I was told happened, because it doesn’t explain why the other employee sitting near us said “he didn’t hear” The words my wife heard were “Did you see that Faggot” Below is the response from the owner with photos (not a video feed with audio) that essentially shows two people looking at a phone not proof of what was said, if I believe anybody I believe my wife. I will never patronize this pizza EVER AGAIN.
Hi Matt thank you for reaching out to me. My name is Lucas I’m in the business with my father and uncle. I am heart broken that we live in a time where these things are still said and people still get discriminated against. I am also very upset because I know myself and I know my little cousin who served you and that is not who we are as a family and not who he is as a person. I was behind the counter with him yesterday watching the ovens for our pizza man because we were shorthanded.
This unfortunately seems to be a terrible terrible misunderstanding. When your wife was coming back to get her water I was showing my cousin a prank video on Facebook that I saw of the rapper Dj Khaled. It was a fake dj khaled and the interviewer asked the person what would you do if dj khaled was behind you? My cousin responded back saying that he saw the video with the fake fat Khaled. I can easily see how that would have been misconstrued into the word that your wife thought she had heard when she came back to the counter.
It is so unfortunate that in 2022 we still have to keep our guard up about these hateful words and can’t be accepting of on another. My family has always hired LGBTQ employees, including our most tenured employee who started with us in 1998. Being 28 years of age, I don’t know a world without her being with us at Lehigh Pizza. Below I have attached the photos from the camera to help illustrate the events that I have described. If you would like to discuss more my personal number is 610-417-7009 and I would be happy to talk to you more. I will be back on Tuesday as will my uncle and if you would like to come by for lunch or dinner to meet us and talk with us we would be more than happy to have you guys come down!
The owner both photographic and video feed that only proves half of their side of the story (that two people were looking at their phones) the most important part that was said, was not proven. Because the only thing heard on the most likely silent video feed is a phone ringing.
I refuse to take this any further. They have lost two customers and for that matter anyone who reads this and agrees with me, if they find themselves in South Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.