KFC worker sacked after hurling homophobic abuse at couple picking up order

A KFC employee has been fired after shocking footage emerged of him calling a gay man a "f***ing queer" and a "f*g."

Lee Walls was picking up an order for customers on the DoorDash app with his partner Joshua Garner in Illinois, US, when the worker launched the sickening tirade.

A video filmed by the couple shows the staff member, identified as Payton Burke, saying: "This motherf****r looks queer so he can get the f**k out of here."

The video shows how Burke launched the verbal assault at the couple as they arrived at the window of the drive-thru.

After a heated exchange, Mr Burke repeatedly calls Lee a "f***ing queer."

When Joshua steps in and tells him: "You can't do that," the KFC employee responds with: "I don't give a f*** if y'all are gay or not."

But the worker's homophobic attack continues when Joshua threatens to send the recording to his bosses.

"You’re going to lose your job I hope you know that!" the customer says.

The footage shows Burke replying: "F*** the video, f*g."

Then another employee is pictured walking over to the booth, closing the window and sending their colleague away while the customer demands to see their ID.

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Lee appears to call the police to report the incident.

Speaking to WAND, Joshua said he and his partner have been left shaken by the nasty encounter and he hopes Burke and all other staff involved in the incident lose their jobs.

"It was like a shot to the heart, like a bullet to the heart," he said. "It was like we couldn’t say anything."

KFC confirmed Burke has been given the boot and the franchisee of the store has personally apologised to the couple.

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