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Customer Says NoHo Dry Cleaners Called Him 'Sodomite'

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A man who won a small claims court case against a North Hollywood dry cleaner says he can't cash the check for the money he's owed because the homophobic shop owner keeps writing slurs like "sodomite" and "buggerer" on the checks.

It all started last January when Byron Bautista dropped off four throw pillows to Rosali Cleaners, the Huffington Post reports. When he returned to pick them up, one of the pillows was torn, so he asked for a refund. That's when he and the owner, who he says identified herself as Rosali, began arguing. Things escalated quickly.

Bautista said she called him a fag. The owner “blamed me and said I tore them apart all the while running around behind her counter, flipping me off and pretending to stick her finger in her backside," he told Frontiers.

So, he took her to small claims court out of principle for her offensive remarks. Even after Rosali Cleaners lost the case and was ordered by the judge to pay Bautista $75, he said the homophobic slurs didn't stop there.

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When he received the check from Rosali Cleaners, it was written out to "Byron 'the buggerer' Bautista.

The bank wouldn't cash that check, so he had the judge get Rosali Cleaners to cut another one with the proper name. The new one was written out to "Bautista, Byron (Sodomite)," and the bank wouldn't cash that one either:

He says he has to go back to the judge to deal with that one, but in the meantime wants to expose Rosali Cleaners for what they've done. Huffington Post says the Rosali Cleaners has stayed mum about the situation.

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Ever since the Frontiers story published, there has been a jump in negative reviews on the cleaners' Yelp page. But even before Bautista's complaints, there were some mixed reviews. One Yelper, Paul L., wrote in 2012: "Awful...don't go here! The woman there is angry, nasty, rude and condescending. Find any other place. Quality customer service is still a good thing! Avoid this horrible business."

Bautista has been pretty vocal on the Yelp page as well, detailing his experience. Yelp took down one of his reviews, but he reposted it. "Funny that a woman who cleans leather doesn't like gay people...." Bautista wrote.