A Protestant minister complained in a Tim Hortons in Blenheim, Ontario, that a couple’s public display of affection was making his children and family uncomfortable.  (He thought the couple were heterosexual;  they were, in fact, lesbians.)  The couple, Riley Duckworth, 23, and Patricia Pattenden, 25, said they were asked to leave the store immediately.  ‘We were told to leave within five minutes or the cops would be called.”

The couple said they kissed on ce or twice but deny they were groping each other.  Reverend Revie said “there was a couple that were straddling each other, making out … not just kissing, going further than that.”

A spokesperson for Tim Hortons said the guests’ behaviour went beyond public displays of affection and was making other guests feel uncomfortable.”

A Facebook group of several hundred people plans a public protest on Thursday against Tim Horton for gender bias.

Ms Duckworth says she will never return to Tim Hortons again.

Do public displays of affection ever make you uncomfortable?

Should public displays of affection be curbed?


  1. 1
    joe agnost Says:

    “He thought the couple were heterosexual”

    Sure he did… (roll eyes).

  2. 2
    Neil McKenty Says:

    That’s what he said and he’s a minister.

  3. 3
    joe agnost Says:

    What does being a “minister” have to do with anything? Are you seriously positing that ministers don’t lie? You can’t be serious…

    It strikes me as highly suspicious that 2 girls would be kissing and the offended minister just thought they were boy and girl. I don’t know of course – it’s just really suspicious is all.
    That he’s a minister doesn’t make him any less likely to lie about it either – hell, his whole career involves lying to people!

  4. 4
    sanwin Says:

    If you saw the women involved, you’d also be confused.

    If you saw Patricia Pattenden’s web page, you’d be ready to believe she would behave inappropriately in public.

    But then, that would require you to actually THINK.

  5. 5
    Tony Kondaks Says:

    Gay rights advocates, according to a news report, side with the minister who’s known in the community as pro-gay.

  6. 6

    I would much rather have public displays of affection than public displays of hatred. I’m on the side of the couple in this, and I don’t care what they look like or whether they’re straight, gay, or somewhere in between.

  7. 7
    youngshoutman Says:

    Should we not focus on the brilliance of ICE CAPS rather than on those who scoff them? 🙂

  8. 8

    I don’t think this has anything to do with gender bias. It has everything to do with decorum and respect, including self respect.
    I’ve been in a public place subjected to witness sexual behaviour that was far from appropriate. One thing I did notice was that one of the two (the boy in this case) was quite aggressive- marking his territory.

  9. 9
    jim Says:

    BTW, for the uninformed, the couple in Neil’s photo who were into heavy duty kissing, were celebrating the end of WWII on that very day. Many have tried, and all have failed to identify the couple, who evidently didn’t know each other, a minute before.

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