Last month Ron McCoy and his partner Chris Bowers were ordered to sit in the back of the bus for holding hands. They had flown in from Portland, OR to Albuquerque to attend the local Pride Festival. It has now taken over a month, and for the incident to become national news before, Standard Parking, the company that owns the shuttle to finally apologize for the incident. Here’s the statement below.
“We sincerely apologize to Mr. Bowers and Mr. McCoy for any disrespectful treatment they received in New Mexico. Standard Parking respects the equal rights of all customers, and we do not condone or tolerate discrimination of any kind against any of our customers or employees, whether relating to sexual orientation, gender, age, race, nationality or religion.
The employee in question was suspended immediately upon our learning of the incident in early July, and we required that he and our entire transportation staff repeat our sensitivity training protocol. This unfortunate incident reinforces our commitment to emphasizing employee sensitivity training throughout our organization. Again, our sincere apologies to Mr. Bowers and Mr. McCoy.” – Standard Parking
Richard Berry, Albuquerque’s mayor was even disappointed about that happened. He told KOB TV “This does not reflect Albuquerque, New Mexico. And as the mayor I’m upset about it and we want to make sure we get to the bottom of it.”
But again, not everyone is convinced by the apology. McCoy told KATU “In some ways it makes me feel like what they really regret is the attention they’re getting.”
Sorry Standard Parking, no brownie points for apologizing a month later.