The homosexual pastor accusing a Whole Foods Market baker of writing a slur on his “Love Wins” cake was sued for defaulting on college loans just six weeks ago.
Jordan Brown of the Church of Open Doors in Austin, Texas, sued Whole Foods on Monday for allegedly writing “f–” on a cake he ordered. Whole Foods responded by vowing a counter lawsuit and released security footage that appears to dismantle Brown’s case. Reporting by a Texas newspaper on Brown’s $28,000 default on student loans is likely to further erode his credibility.
National Collegiate Student Loan Trust filed a lawsuit against the pastor on March 11 accusing him of defaulting on $24,885.25 in loans for Slippery Rock University in Pennsylvania during the 2007-08 academic year. Brown also accrued $3,030.26 in interest as of March 4, the Austin American-Statesman reported Wednesday.
Kaplan Law Firm PLLC told the newspaper it could not comment on the lawsuit filed against Brown because it was not involved with that case.
YouTube video posted by Kaplan on Monday shows Brown’s cake with “f–” written in different piping and handwriting than “Love Wins.” Whole Foods immediately released security footage it says proves a UPC label was tampered with after Brown left the store.
Whole Foods’ full statement in response to Brown’s lawsuit reads:
After a deeper investigation of Mr. Brown’s claim, we believe his accusations are fraudulent and we intend to take legal action against both Mr. Brown and his attorney. Here’s what we know:
- Our bakery team member wrote “Love Wins” at the top of the cake, which was visible to Mr. Brown through the clear portion of the packaging. That’s exactly how the cake was packaged and sold at the store. Whole Foods Market has a strict policy that prohibits team members from accepting or designing bakery orders that include language or images that are offensive.
- Mr. Brown admits that he was in sole possession and control of the cake until he posted his video, which showed the UPC label on the bottom and side of the box.
- After reviewing our security footage of Mr. Brown, it’s clear that the UPC label was in fact on top of the cake box, not on the side of the package. This is evident as the cashier scans the UPC code on top of the box, which you can view here.
- We stand behind our bakery team member, who is part of the LGBTQ community, and we appreciate the team members and shoppers who recognize that this claim is completely false and directly contradicts Whole Foods Market’s inclusive culture, which celebrates diversity.
Kaplan issued a statement Wednesday saying it has requested Whole Foods provide “all videos, photos, documentary evidence regarding this matter, including all security camera footage of the bakery and the surrounding area.”