Kara Coley works in a bar in Mississippi called Sipps that isn't officially a gay bar, but is known around the area as being "gay friendly." Coley's been tending bar for 17 years. She's probably answered a lot of questions and talked a lot of customers through their problems. We treat the people who give us alcohol as therapists working for tips, especially after having a few.
Then one Friday night, Coley got a call she'd been training for her whole life! Her post about the sweet exchange went viral on Facebook. Coley told the Huffington Post that it was a woman with a Northern accent, looking for answers for her gay son.
"So I got the most random phone call at the bar tonight!" writes Coley, turning it into a little script in case you want to read along at home:
Me: Good evening Thank you for calling Sipps!
Lady on phone: Is this a gay bar?
Me: well we are a everybody bar but yes mostly gay.
Lady: can I ask you a?
Lady: Are you Gay?
Me: YES MA'AM
Lady: What was the one thing you wanted from your parents when you a came out?
Lady: My son just came out to me and I don't want to say anything that may mess him up in the head.
Me: well I think that you should just make sure he knows that you love and accept, wait do you accept it?
Lady: well Umm yes if that's what he wants.
Me: You should definitely let him know that you love and accept him! I think everything will be ok from there!
Lady: okay well thank you.
Me: you are very welcome and good luck!
"17 years of bartending in gay bars on the coast! That's definitely a first for me!" Coley concluded.
Coley's little story has been shared hundreds of time, much to her surprise.
“I’m shocked and excited,” she told HuffPost. “Although I still don’t get it because I was just being honest and compassionate.”
People love the idea that Coley was able to help a woman trying to figure out how to love her son the best possible way:
Coley has not figured out who the mom that called was, but says if she and her son ever came to Sipps, “I would hug their necks!”
A great story about what can happen when the right person answers the phone.