Manager’s angry Facebook status goes viral

YUMA, Ariz. – The son of of the owner of Ronnie’s Pizza in Yuma took to Facebook on Friday when SCOTUS announced bans on gay marriage are unconstitutional.

In the post, Ronnie Rubino Jr. wrote, “Anyone on my feed, if you are a pro homosexual, delete yourself now. You make me sick!”

Other portions of his rant are too obscene to repeat. Now, it has since gone viral, and many people are saying they will never step foot in Ronnie’s again.

However, on Saturday, the parking lot at the pizza spot was full and customers were streaming in and out, including a local gay couple who said they support the business.

“They’ve never treated us bad. I’ve been to places where you get that vibe that people don’t want you there. Not here. Never,” Angelina Sepulveda explained.

Sepulveda said Rubino Jr.’s comment should not reflect negatively upon his father’s restaurant.

“People are angry right now, and they’re saying things that they wouldn’t have said before,” she said.

According to Ronnie Rubino Sr, his son is a store manager.

In a statement, the owner said, “Ronnie’s Pizza does not discriminate in any way against anyone, no matter who. The individual posting the statement has been reprimanded and offers his apology for his use of inappropriate language.”

Rubino Sr. said he believes everyone is entitled to their own opinion and pointed out his son posted the status on a personal account – not the business’s public page.

About The Author

Eduardo Santiago joined the FOX 9 and ABC 5 news team in February, 2012. That’s the same year KECY launched its very first local newscast. He has been covering local news in Yuma and the Imperial Valley since his start as a KYMA photojournalist in 2006. During his decade in broadcasting, Eduardo has covered some of the biggest stories in the Desert Southwest – from President Bush’s visit to Yuma, Ariz. to the uncovering of drug tunnels that span the US-Mexico border. One of the most memorable stories Eduardo covered was the 2010 Easter Earthquake that rocked the Imperial Valley, Mexicali, and Yuma. Eduardo, along with his news team, won an award from the Associated Press for best coverage of an ongoing story following the quake. Before he made his move to TV, Eduardo was just a kid born in East Los Angeles, where he spent his early childhood. His parents moved him to Mexicali, B.C. Mexico, where he did most of his elementary school education. He finally landed in El Centro, where he graduated from Central Union High School in 2005. Eduardo is currently a student at Imperial Valley College. You can find Eduardo hanging out in the Imperial Valley and Yuma with his family on any given weekend. His off-screen passion is playing guitar and sports.

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