03/09/2012 12:51 pm ET Updated Feb 02, 2016

British Lesbians Denied Valentine's Rose By Waitress Because They Were Not A 'Real Couple'

It was the Valentine's Day dinner from hell for one British lesbian couple, who were allegedly refused a rose by a waitress who claimed they were not a "real couple."

As This Is Lincolnshire reports, 25-year-old Liz Ross was dining with her girlfriend Hayley Simpson, 21, at Damon's, an American-style diner, in Lincoln on Valentine's Day when the incident occurred. "I noticed as I was paying the bill all the girls were getting roses," Ross recalled. "Hayley went to the toilet and I asked if I could get one. The waitress said we couldn't have one because they were for couples. I said we were a lesbian couple, but she told us, 'Lesbians aren't real couples.'"

Simpson shared similar sentiments to The Telegraph: "I'd have thought that if they'd assumed we were straight they might have offered us roses for being single on Valentine's night. But instead they just offered us discrimination and made us feel like lower class citizens."

The Daily Mail also notes the couple sent Damon’s three emails, a letter and complained by phone before they got an apology from operations manager Keith Gee. "This is the first time we have ever had a sexuality complaint within our last 24 years in business from either guests or staff," Gee noted in his letter. "On behalf of the company please accept my sincere apologies and I hope this will not deter you from dining with us in the future. We pride ourselves on trying to give every guest the very best experience possible when they dine at Damon's."

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