Portaloo company apologises for refusing service to atheists
Hop across to the website of Five Star Septic Services & Portable Toilet Rentals in Kentucky and you’ll see this message:
If you’re planning an event, whether a small party or a major festival, you may have already selected the entertainment and settled on food options, but did you remember to provide sanitary restroom facilities for your guests? This is one area where you definitely don’t want to cut corners and try to save money, because your guests will certainly notice! Luckily, Dry Ridge, KY, residents can depend on Five Star Septic Service & Portable Toilet Rentals for the highest-quality portable lavatories available.
Unless you happen to be an atheist organisation.
The portaloo company, according to this report, was contracted to provide toilets for the Tri-State Freethinkers – an atheist group with members from Kentucky, Indiana, and Ohio – which had organised a protest at the opening of Ken Ham’s Ark Encounter. But on the day of the protest, July 7, Five Star reneged on the contract, arguing that it could not be associated with any protest against the the biblical theme park.
The group then had to quickly arrange a shuttle service to a nearby gas station for its members to use the restroom facilities on what was an extremely hot day.
The Freedom From Religion Foundation was incensed and blasted off a letter to the company.
The letter emphasised the fact that the Civil Rights Act prohibits discrimination in “places of public accommodation”.
Five Star Septic and Portable Toilet Rentals is an affiliate of Arwood Waste and Demolition, which immediately got back to the FFRF offering an apology for the inconvenience caused, and assured the organisation that there would be no charges made to the MasterCard provided to them by the Tri-State Freethinkers.
An e-mail received by the President of Tri-State Freethinkers, Jim Helton, from the Associate Director of Communications of Arwood, Michael Nancarrow, said:
Sir, I do apologize for services having been refused to your organization by our affiliate company (Five Star Septic). I want you to know that this does not in any way reflect the values of Arwood Waste and, as such, certain measures will be taken to ensure that this kind of thing does not happen again.
Another company official assured Helton that in the future, Arwood would not be using Five Star Septic and Portable Toilet Rentals as a subcontractor.
Dan Barker, the Co-President of the FFRF, said that the denial of services to an atheist group was a serious matter. It is a violation of fundamental rights.
FFRF is glad that Arwood realized their mistake, and immediately took the necessary steps to rectify the situation.
Meanwhile, the Ark Encounter (aka the Genocide and Incest Park) has been almost as much of a gift to satirists and comedians as Donald Trump. Here’s the Liberal Redneck’s hilarious take on this “ridiculous” $100-million monument to Christian stupidity: