It calls to mind the old joke about a diner complaining to the waiter that there’s a fly in his soup, except the store’s reaction to this real-life incident was neither witty nor responsible.
CBS Dallas-Fort Worth reports that shopper Lisa Stickles entered the dressing room of a Ross Department Store in the town of Forney to try on a garment. She found that the room was already occupied, albeit not by another woman. Instead the occupant was a man, dressed as a man, and sporting a five o’clock shadow.
Stickles promptly exited and sought out a manager. According to Stickles, the manager, a woman, “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.”
Uh-huh. So Stickles had merely picked the wrong day to enter the women’s dressing room.
The manager further informed her that Ross’s does not discriminate against the transgender community, adding that customers are permitted to use changing rooms that apply to their gender identity.
When Stickles protested that she has feelings, too, she was told she’d simply have to wait her turn if she didn’t want to share the space.
All I can say is it’s a good thing that none of the 747,408 registered sex offenders currently living in the United States never learned to read. If they had, I’d be willing to bet that at least one of them avails himself of this easy access to targets before the nation comes to its senses.