Possibly anti-gay internet provider?

posted 3 years ago in The Lounge
  • poll: How would you rate the service technician?
    Right on - express your views : (12 votes)
    15 %
    Uncalled for - keep it to yourself : (31 votes)
    38 %
    This would make me reconsider working with this company : (11 votes)
    13 %
    This would not make me reconsider working with this company : (28 votes)
    34 %
  • Post # 4
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    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: April 2013

    @fluffernutter38:  While I may say something like, “it’s because you’re gay” to one of my gay friends, it’s in a joking manner and all parties involved know it.  However, I have very little tolerance for gay bashing or for someone that judges another person because of their sexual orientation.  Honestly, it would make me think twice about working with that company and I would probably inform management of my opinion.  I would probably lean towards giving my money to another establishment if the entire company shared that technician’s views.

    Post # 5
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    1362 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: September 2014 - Turf Valley

    I voted that it’s uncalled for, but would not make me stop working with the company.  I also wouldn’t say anything to the tech because, well, it really isn’t going to get me anywhere…  How frustrating though!

    Post # 6
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    1822 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: May 2013 - Pavilion overlooking golf course scenery, reception at banquet hall

    I think I voted wrong – I thought “express your views” meant YOU saying something to the tech that what he said was uncalled for, not that I want HIM to express his views. Hah. So… pretend one of those votes is switched. That said, I probably wouldn’t switch companies. I only have 3 options where I live and they are all terrible, so the opinion of one single employee isn’t enough to sway me to break contract and switch.

    Post # 7
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    2878 posts
    Sugar bee

    Lack of professionalism from this tech, but I would not hold it against the company. It’s awkward, but not offensive to the point where I’d feel the need to tell his boss. 

    Post # 8
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    614 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: September 2011

    @NauticalDisaster:  Agreed.

    I get tired of companies getting bashed for something a crackpot employee says that has nothing to do with the company itself or its policies. OP, from your thread title, I thought you were going to tell me that your ISP refused to allow access to gay-friendly websites or gay rights groups websites. Some inappropriate remark from a tech – who might even be a sub-contractor, the cable companies are notorious for not really hiring their own techs but subcontracting the work out – is not really much to do with the company itself.

    Post # 9
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    3016 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: July 2014 - Prague

    People say idiotic things all the time– it’s amazing. I wish I was better at dealing with it– something that falls between complaining to the company/getting into a confrontation with the man, or saying NOTHING. 

    Post # 10
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    1400 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: June 2014

    I voted that it’s uncalled for, because it’s like cursing in front of a customer you just met, but I wouldn’t stop working with the company because he’s just one technician, and not necessarily homophobic. There are plenty of people who support gay rights but would still think it’s okay to make a joke about a gay actor playing straight when it’s awkward. 

    As a disclaimer, I’ve personally advocated for gay rights, my brother is gay, and I think there are more gay actors who do a great job playing straight than straight actors who do a great job playing gay.

    Post # 12
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    15072 posts
    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2011

    This is one persons views, not the companies. While its unprofessional, probably against company policy, and just rude, I would drop it ( I would have said something to him directly though, letting him know that it was a horrible thing to say). Anything said could possibly cost this man his job, at 50ish  jobs are scarce for that age range and I just couldn’t do that to a person over a perceived insensitive statement. After all, you don’t know this mans sense of humor, his life situation, or his personal views, he could have meant that in many ways that it just did not come across well.

    Post # 14
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    851 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: July 2013 - The front lawn of our church

    Honestly, in the age we live in, we pride ourselves in the freedom of speech, and freedom to express our views. If this post was about someone making a pro-gay statement, we would all be saying “good for him, he should be able to express his views.” IMO, eveyone should be able to express their views, even if they’re not popular. 

    However, I do think it was unprofessional of him to bring up a somewhat controversial issue at work. He probably should have kept his mouth shut, no matter what his opinion was. 

    Post # 15
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    5207 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: February 2013

    Sounds like a simple slip of the tongue. He probably didn’t even realize he did it. Don’t let it reflect on the company.

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