A 29-year-old Milwaukie man is suing his local Jiffy Lube
for discrimination after allegedly receiving a mailer calling him a turd burglar
Tommy Sudlow, manager of the lube shop on Southeast McLoughlin Boulevard, says it's all a misunderstanding. He says the coupon
(PDF) addressed to "Turd Burgler" (sic) was meant for the home's former resident—a man Sudlow claims was nicknamed Turd Burglar.
"His name is Jerome, and his son works here," Sudlow says. "I don't understand how they got confused."
In the lawsuit filed Monday in Multnomah County Circuit Court, Laremy Eck says took his car to Jiffy Lube on Oct. 2.
While the car was being serviced, Eck claims the employees at the shop were talking about his clothes, hairstyle and mannerisms—"which indicated he might be gay," as the lawsuit puts it.
Several days later, the lawsuit says, Eck received a postcard in the mail with a service from Jiffy Lube. It was addressed to one Turd Burgler—"a derogatory description of gay men," the suit says.
As a result Eck suffered "anxiety, fear, anger and depression," the lawsuit says. The suit, filed by Tualatin lawyer Thomas Martin, seeks $150,000 plus attorney fees.
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