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A woman shopping at a Ross department store in Mesquite, Texas, found herself in the middle of the national controversy over men using women’s bathrooms and changing rooms.
Lisa Stickles went into a changing room to try some clothing on and heard a man’s voice inside, CBS DFW reported.
Stickles did what any reasonable adult would do, she told the store manager, but was not prepared for what happened next.
“[The manager] 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,” she said.
A Ross customer service representative told CBS DFW that the retailer does not discriminate against the transgender community and that customers may use changing rooms that apply to their gender identity.
“What about me?” Stickles asked. “Or my feelings?”
She added that the manager “told me that if I felt uncomfortable in the dressing room with him there … I’d have to wait until he’s finished.”
Stickles said she was shocked when the man finally emerged from the changing room.
“He was in no way dressed as a woman,” she said. “He had on jeans, a t-shirt, 5 o’clock shadow, very deep voice. He was a man.”
And the bathroom wars continue.
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