Wow just when you thought you have heard it all or experienced something a little odd while traveling this story takes the cake.
A gay couple is suing United Airlines after retrieving their luggage andÂ finding a sex toy which had been taken from one of their bags, covered in aÂ dirty oily substance, and “taped prominently” to the top of the bag, NBC News reports:
ChristopherÂ Bridgeman and Martin Borger of Norfolk, Va., are seeking damages for intentionalÂ infliction of emotional distress, invasion of privacy and negligence in aÂ lawsuit filed against the airline on Friday in the District Court of HarrisÂ County, Texas.
â€œIt still brings butterflies to my stomach,â€ Borger, 35, told NBC News when recalling the episode.
United countered that it has conducted a thoroughÂ investigation and determined that there is no support for the allegations,Â spokeswoman Christen David said in a statement.
â€œUnited does not tolerate discrimination of anyÂ kind,â€ David said. â€œWe will vigorously defend ourselves and our employees.â€
The couple was returning from a vacation to Costa Rica:
â€œI knew exactly what it was when I saw it,â€ heÂ told NBC News. â€œI was absolutely and utterly shocked and embarrassed andÂ humiliated and I didnâ€™t even know what to do at the time.â€
Onlookers began laughing when they saw the bag,Â causing the men severe emotional trauma, according to the lawsuit. BridgemanÂ speculated an airline employee went through the bag â€” which was closed with aÂ simple zipper â€” found the sex toy, saw that it belonged to a man and decided toÂ humiliate the owner.
â€œI absolutely, fervently believe that this wasÂ intentional,â€ Bridgeman, 34, told NBC News. â€œIt was very sick and it was veryÂ wrong and it was just maliciously taped to the top and targeted because weâ€™reÂ gay.â€