Cafe boss 'sorry' for kicking lesbians out
The Local · 15 Jan 2015, 13:33
Published: 15 Jan 2015 13:33 GMT+01:00
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"My reaction was disproportionate," Christl Sedlar said in a press release released on Thursday.
"I regret the falling out I had with the two ladies who came to my coffee house last Thursday,” she added. She said that she wanted to “formally apologize” to all those affected.
In her defence she said that she had found the women’s behaviour totally inappropriate and provocative, and reacted in anger. "In my capacity as the manager of Cafe Prückel I should, however, have reacted more calmly,” she admitted.
She went on to say: "As managing director of the renowned Cafe Prückel I also see that it’s my task to ensure that recognized standards of social behaviour are observed by all guests."
The couple, 26-year-old Eva Prewein and 19-year-old Anastasia Lopez, allege that Sedlar was being homophobic.
Campaign groups have organised a rally on Friday afternoon in front of the 1950’s design cafe, and more than 7,000 people have pledged their attendance via a Facebook page called Küssen im Prückel.