James Shawlin was making another trip to the local Floor and Decor store in Highlands Ranch, CO when he said that he was “verbally assaulted” by a manager in front of his 4-year-old son.
Shawlin needed stone to complete work on his fireplace and had returned to Floor and Decor to replace the stone that had a manufacturing defect. “The stones were broken and they were basically gluing them back together and putting them in the box and selling them,” Shawlin told 9 News.
Shawlin had received permission from a store employee to go through the boxes of stones before leaving the store, and while going through the boxes another employee confronted him and sent over a manager.
“The manager that came over was not too happy,” he said. “You could tell he was not in a good mood.”
“I was a little firm with him, and I just told him, ‘hey, you know, my husband and I spend a lot of money here. We’ve been using you guys for ten years. We have $3,000 worth of stone.’” Shawlin said. “And [the manager] goes, ‘oh, that explains it now. The faggot that voted for Hillary.’”
According to Shawlin another customer in the aisle overheard the exchange and expressed his support for Donald Trump. The customer then followed Shawlin outside the store and “He basically said, ‘what are these faggots going to do to this child?’” Shawlin recounted.
On Friday afternoon Shawlin posted a negative review on Floor and Decor's Facebook page and then posted about what occurred in the store on his own Facebook page.
His post received over 400 shares and on Sunday Floor and Decor announced that the employee was "no longer employed by F&D."
"I’m 44, I’ve been out for a while, I grew up in rural Wisconsin, I’ve heard it all,” Shawlin explained.” “But when you have a child that’s so young that doesn’t understand, it’s pretty traumatizing.”
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