A Texas woman was shopping at a Ross department store on Monday when she said she “heard a man’s voice” inside of the woman’s dressing room. Alarmed, she went and informed the manager of what was going on, and you have to hear the manager’s troubling reply to believe it.
Lisa Sickles was at a Mesquite Ross location when she says that she undoubtedly heard a man’s voice inside the dressing rooms with her. Naturally, she went straight to get a manager because she was concerned for the safety of herself and other customers, but things didn’t exactly go as planned.
According to CBS DFW, the manager went into the dressing room to find out what was going on, and when she came back out she left Sickles absolutely shocked.
“She went inside the dressing room, came right back out and called me to the side and told me… he was representing himself as a woman today,” said Sickles.
But there was just one problem, Sickles said. He “was in no way dressed as a woman.”
“He had on jeans, a t-shirt, 5 o’clock shadow, very deep voice. He was a man,” she recalled.
When Sickles pressed the manager on the issue, she told her that “felt uncomfortable in the dressing room with him there,” she should “wait until he’s finished.”
That’s rather disturbing, regardless of who you are. Even worse is how a company spokesperson reacted to the entire incident.
When asked for comment, the spokesperson declined to speak directly about what happened to Sickles, but also refused to condemn the manager’s actions. Instead they explained that Ross doesn’t discriminate against transgender individuals, regardless if they look like the opposite sex or not, apparently.
The entire ordeal left Sickles wondering why how she feels about the issue doesn’t seem to matter to the company or its employees.
“What about me? Or my feelings?” she asked.
Unfortunately for her and every other normal woman out there, these companies, which now include Marshalls, TJ Maxx, and Target, who all allow transgenders in the restrooms and dressing rooms of the opposite sex, put the feelings of the very small minority above the safety and security of the majority. And while they have every right to do so, we also have the right to not shop there, which many people seem to be exercising after Target’s stocks dropped by $4.5 billion since it announced its bathroom policy.