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Hate Crime In Miami At Whooper Bar

Written by Richard Hack

Photo: MiamiNewTimes

MIAMI—A hate crime involving two gay tourists from Los Angeles occurred at the South Beach BK Whopper Bar (1101 Washington Ave). While the incident took place on Monday, March 14 at 3 am, information on the attack only became available recently.

24-year-old Jordon Schaeffer and his boyfriend 25-year-old Eric Danko exchanged a kiss, which led to a verbal altercation with customers at the Burger King outlet, who labeled them “faggots.”

The surveillance video shows Schaeffer being thrown to the ground by a man in a black shirt. As the fight escalated, a customer intervened to stop customers who were trying to end the altercation. While the police are treating the event as a felony battery, those present confirmed that the fight was a hate crime.

According to CBS Local 10, after the perpetrators left the restaurant, Danko followed the attacker and got into a second fight, eventually being arrested for his part in altercation. He admitted to being high on GHB.

The Whooper Bar, a fast-casual version of a regular Burger King is a popular post-bar directly across the street from Twist, the iconic gat bar on 11th Street.

Anyone with information is asked to call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS.