A Tennessee man who told police he was robbed and beaten at his health food store in November, alleging that his attackers wrote a homosexual slur on his forehead, was arrested last Friday and charged with filing a false report.
The false report charge comes amid a fast growing trend of hate crime hoaxes being perpetrated from within the gay community, presumably to draw sympathy for gay rights causes.
Joe Williams, 32, was arrested after he allegedly withheld information about the incident. Police found inconsistencies in Williams’ story, adding that he failed to bring up certain facts known to investigators on several occasions, according to The Paris Post-Intelligencer.
“He was given three opportunities to disclose that information, and he chose not to,” Paris Police Sgt. Ricky Watson told the Post-Intelligencer.
Williams’ charge of a homosexual slur being written on his body is similar to a claim made last year by a lesbian woman in Lincoln, Neb.
The woman was also charged with making false claims to police after alleging that three men wearing black ski masks broke into her home, bound her wrists and ankles with zip ties, beat her and carved anti-gay slurs into her arms and abdomen.
More recent reports of questionable claims include the New Jersey waitress, who made national news after showing a receipt on which a customer allegedly wrote, “I’m sorry but I cannot tip because I do not agree with your lifestyle.”
The customer eventually came forward, producing a statement from his credit card company, which reflected a 20 percent tip being paid.
This incident was followed by the report of a transgender student at Vasser College creating false hate crimes by spray painting anti-gay and anti-black messages across campus. The student was forced to withdraw.
All of which brings to mind the fable, “A boy who cried wolf” — the real victim in all of this will be the person who is targeted because of their sexual orientation, as a skeptical public looks the other way.