Portland cab driver yells anti-gay slurs outside bar, tells group they're going to hell
A Portland man says a taxi driver pulled out a bull horn and yelled anti-gay slurs at him and his friends outside a bar this week.
Ty Raia says he was at Scandals bar in SW Portland just after 10 p.m. Tuesday when a man driving a Portland Taxi cab pulled up.
“He came out of the cab wearing a ‘God loves you’ shirt and I thought, this should be interesting. He went to his trunk and pulled out a bull horn,” Raia said.
The cab driver then told Raia and his friends they were all going to hell because they are gay, and told them he could help them get out of the "difficult lifestyle."
“I think it’s sad more than anything else,” Raia said.
As some bar employees asked the man to leave, Raia snapped a photo of the man and posted to Facebook, while another person called the cab company.
“Another patron called the company to express their concerns that he was doing this while representing the company and he was told they don't care,” Raia said.
KATU News also reached out to the company and was told the driver was exercising his First Amendment rights and there would be no disciplinary action. They ended the call by telling our reporter: “If the gays don’t want to use our company, that’s better for us.”
“I find it very surprising," Raia said. "I think Portland is a very liberal city and to hear that come from a company that depends on people in this city for their clients, I find that to be an interesting decision."
Many people who have spread news of the anti-gay rant want to boycott the cab company.
“They have openly expressed they are OK with queers not using their company so maybe that's what we should do,” Raia said.
A KATU News employee also had a negative experience with this cab driver last March.
After giving this employee a ride home from the airport, he refused payment and told our employee he should be in jail because he was gay.