Nabeel Khan, the founder and CEO of the popular Chick-Felays chain, couldn't understand why his suddenly angry customers were taking his restaurant staff to task.
“We had one guy come into one of our restaurants, ordered his food, and then refused it, asking us how we could be so discriminating,” said Khan, who has restaurants in Mississauga, Listowel, Brampton and Oakville, with locations set to open in Milton, Scarborough and Markham by the end of the year.
Eventually Khan learned that the president of U.S. chain Chick-fil-A, Dan Cathy, had made public statements in June and July declaring his opposition to same-sex marriage, sparking a firestorm of controversy south of the border.
Khan then realized customers were mistakenly linking his two-year-old chain to the American company.
“It shocks me that people would ask ‘How can you discriminate?’ How could you think that? We’re brown people,” Khan said with a chuckle.
To which I reply (with a chuckle): Did our intrepid reporter somehow fail to enquire as to Mr. Khan's opinion of same-sex marriage? Just a guess, it's quite a bit like Mr. Cathy's, but with more hangings.