Suppose they were asked to leave a children's playground because they are gay after the owner has hung up a sign prohibiting public expressions of affection
- Victoria Torres and Tuyen Nguyen said the incident occurred mid-June at Treehouse Adventures in Georgia & Savannah Mall
- Torres and Nguyen had brought Torres' five-year-old cousin to the playground
- Torres said she had her arm around Nguyen when a chaperone came closer
- They said the chaperone told them not to touch each other
- When they refused to stop, they reasoned and eventually left the facility
- Treehouse Adventures said they were not targeted because they are gay
- Instead, the playground said it had a strict no-PDA policy on its doorstep
- The playground said children on a field trip had complained to their supervisor about Torres and Nguyen's public show of affection.
A couple have claimed that a childcare worker has said they should leave the building because they are gay.
Victoria Torres said she and her friend, Tuyen Nguyen, were at Treehouse Adventures in the Savannah Mall in Savannah, Georgia, with Torres' five-year-old cousin when the incident occurred in mid-June.
Torres told WSAV that while she watched her cousin play, she put her arm around Nguyen & # 39; s shoulder. Shortly thereafter, a chaperone from Treehouse Adventures came by and told the couple to stop because the kids on the playground were uncomfortable.
Couple Victoria Torres (left) and Tuyen Nguyen (right) said an employee told them to leave because they are gay
When Torres and Nguyen refused to comply, they argued with the chaperone and eventually left the facility with the cousin.
& # 39; It was not only embarrassing, it was hurtful, & # 39; said Torres. & # 39; You are just yourself, it has never happened to me before. & # 39;
Nguyen added that & # 39; there were many couples & # 39; but they were selected, although they & # 39; were just reading a magazine there & # 39 ;.
& # 39; To explain to my cousin what happened and why people do it and why you are not accepted wherever you go … it's hard & # 39 ;, Torres added.
Owner Ben Saborio, owner of Treehouse Adventures, has apologized about what happened, but claims that the fact that the couple is gay has nothing to do with the fact that they are told they should no longer be affectionate.
Saborio said the playground has a strict policy against public expressions of affection, which is made clear on a laminated sign posted at their front door.
The couple said they had taken Torres' cousin to Treehouse Adventures (photo) and that Torres had her arm around Nguyen while they watched him when the incident occurred
Treehouse Adventures said the couple were not asked to leave and they were approached and told to stop touching because the playground has a strict no-PDA policy
Owner Ben Saborio of Treehouse Adventures said the couple was not discriminated against. The public apology from the playground stated children had complained about the PDA of the couple
The sign he showed WSAV, says patrons should & # 39; please remember ALL types of public display In the treehouse Establishing any kind of affection, hugging, kissing, touching, ETC. if it is not shown to the children! This is a children's zone and we like to keep it on P.G. & # 39;
Saborio said the sign was posted after an incident occurred prior to the Torres and Nguyen incident.
According to the apology from Treehouse Adventures, obtained by the news station, the company said on the day of the Torres and Nguyen incident that a campaign of 23 children was taking place.
& # 39; A few of these children reported to their chaperone (sic) Something they saw and thought it was inappropriate. Then the chaperone (sic) reported to management (Ben) that a couple was inappropriate, & said the apology, which also stated that the couple were not asked to leave, but that they themselves chose to leave.
& # 39; That was really a very difficult situation. I really had trouble. It was not easy. But I welcome everyone. I don't hate anyone, & Saborio said.
Torres and Nguyen would be dissatisfied with the fact that Saborio did not approach them directly, but chose to have an employee talk to them instead.
Saborio said he was worried about his language barrier, and because his wife was not in the facility at the time, he was afraid to approach them and would say something wrong that would be offensive.
Torres and Nguyen have hired a lawyer.
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