A homosexual couple was left horrified after a homophobic letter was despatched to their store.
Stephen Whyteside, 41, and Michael Burns, 52, had been handed the notice by their employees at Special Days Cakes in Uddingston, South Lanarkshire, yesterday.
The hand-written letter complained in regards to the married couple’s sexuality and the author mentioned they’d be returning to the store for a refund.
Mr Whyteside initially thought the notice was a joke however when he realised it was critical he grew to become upset.
He mentioned he and husband Mr Burns had not fallen out with any clients and believed it was a ‘targeted attack’.
Mr Whyteside mentioned: ‘The employees within the store opened the mail and located this beautiful horrible letter.
‘I simply laughed at first. Us being homosexual has by no means been hidden.
‘It looks like a focused little bit of hate.
‘We don’t have shoppers which are that means inclined.
‘I think it’s been a focused assault on the enterprise.’
The couple, who began up the bespoke cake enterprise 26 years in the past, reported the offensive letter to the police.
Officers visited them as we speak and have launched a hate crime investigation.
Police collected the letter and envelope to look at them for DNA and fingerprints.
Mr Burns criticised the notice on Facebook and in addition appealed for assist in discovering the perpetrator.
He wrote: ‘Anyone recognise this hand writing?
‘Got this sent to my shop today…I’m not ashamed in any way about my sexuality.’
The homophobic letter reads
‘Dear p***s, If I had recognized that you simply had been f*****g homosexual then I might have given your store a large berth.
‘I will be returning to get my money back as I don’t need any of your fingers close to any meals.
‘You should be shut down. Ya f*****g queer p***y p***ks.’
Mr Whyteside mentioned he didn’t sleep effectively final evening after receiving the abusive letter, and stored getting away from bed to test CCTV.
He added he’s by no means had homophobic abuse focused at him earlier than and mentioned the sender must be ‘ashamed’.
Mr Whyteside mentioned: ‘It’s 2019 and we stay in Scotland, one of the open and sort nations on the planet, and it’s not acceptable right here.’
The couple, who stay in Bothwell, South Lanarkshire, make truffles for all celebratory events, together with weddings.
They have additionally served notable shoppers, together with singer Emeli Sandé and so they not too long ago made a cake for singer Nicholas McDonald’s wedding ceremony.
A spokeswoman for Police Scotland mentioned: ‘We can confirm that a complaint was received on Thursday, September 19, 2019, and enquiries are ongoing into this hate crime.’