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Dad BERATES two women for kissing in a Melbourne Coles supermarket

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A father has been filmed berating a same-sex couple for kissing in a supermarket before threatening to snap their phones after the women stood up to his taunts. 

Anueta Madison-Vanderbuilt was shopping at Cragieburn Coles, in north Melbourne, on Thursday while her partner fetched coffees from a nearby café.  

When her partner returned with the beverages, Ms Madison-Vanderbuilt said ‘thank you’ and gave her a peck on the lips. 

But within seconds, a father grocery shopping with his wife and kids started telling the women to ‘calm down’. 

‘At we first thought he was telling his kids off,’ mother-of-three Ms Madison-Vanderbuilt told Daily Mail Australia. 

‘Then, again, in a firm voice that everyone could hear, he looked at us and said “calm down. There are children and families here and they don’t need to see that!”. 

Anueta Madison-Vanderbuilt (pictured) was rebuked after greeting her partner with a brief kiss inside a Melbourne supermarket as she thanked her for buying them coffees

Anueta Madison-Vanderbuilt (pictured) was rebuked after greeting her partner with a brief kiss inside a Melbourne supermarket as she thanked her for buying them coffees 

‘We were shocked. I should be able to give my girlfriend a quick kiss just like a straight couple.’

Sick of just ‘letting go’ of off-cuff remarks, Ms Madison-Vanderbuilt confronted the man seeking clarity about the intentions behind his hurtful comments.  

Footage of the encounter shows the man launching into a disturbing homophobic rant as he becomes increasingly aggressive.

‘I choose what I want my kids to see. When they grow up, they can choose what they want,’ the man says, defensively crossing his arms. 

‘Not when it is public,’ Ms Madison-Vanderbuilt replies. 

‘Exactly when it’s public. When I come to a shopping centre I would like to see a nice calm environment,’ he snarks.  

The incensed father (pictured) staunchly stood with his arms crossed as he demanded the women refrain from kissing in public

The incensed father (pictured) staunchly stood with his arms crossed as he demanded the women refrain from kissing in public 

‘If you record me I will wipe your phone out of your face, because I am not in the mood today, you understand?  

‘So get out of my face and don’t talk to me. You want me to snap your phone?’

The man lunges forward and tries to snatch the phone away from the women as the clip cuts off.  

Ms Madison-Vanderbuilt, who was recording the encounter for her own protection, said the father proceeded to shove her with his trolley, prompting them to walk out of the aisle and seek help from staff.  

But the manager on duty told them he had no power to reprimand abusive customers, instead advising them to call the police. 

‘They weren’t helpful at all,’ Ms Madison Vanderbuilt said. 

‘We didn’t want to provoke him, we just wanted an answer as to why he would make those comments to us. 

‘People need to be able to say that being homophobic isn’t ok without expecting violence.’   

Ms Madison-Vanderbuilt (pictured) said she was 'shocked' by the man's remarks, and said he became violent when confronted

Ms Madison-Vanderbuilt (pictured) said she was ‘shocked’ by the man’s remarks, and said he became violent when confronted 

The mother-of-three (pictured) hopes sharing the video will raise awareness about the discrimination same-sex couples endure

The mother-of-three (pictured) hopes sharing the video will raise awareness about the discrimination same-sex couples endure

She explained she and her partner have endured people’s snickers and mutters beneath breaths, but nothing has compared to the aggression they faced on Thursday. 

The video has been shared on social media, racking up more than 4,000 views in a few hours – but left some viewers divided over whether kissing in public is ever appropriate.  

But being parents, Ms Madison-Vanderbuilt said their public displays of affection are always ‘respectful’ and they should be allowed to give each other a ‘quick kiss’ without being rebuked. 

She said she hopes the video will encourage others to speak out if they see discriminatory actions and will shed light on the stigmas still faced by members of the LBGQT community. 

‘I hope people around us stand up for someone next time,’ she said. 

‘The world the way it is now, we should be able to show more love.’

Daily Mail Australia has contacted Coles for comment. 

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