- Viral footage appears to show a transgender woman being kicked out of Denny’s after using the women’s restroom.
- Jazmina Saavedra, who’s running for US Congress and is the spokeswoman for Latinos for Trump, posted a video of herself monitoring the restroom and saying there was “a man inside saying he’s a lady.”
- Denny’s said that it is “extremely disturbed by the incident” and that the customer was removed after drug paraphernalia was spotted in the bathroom – not due to the person’s gender identity.
- According to a spokesperson, Denny’s policy is “that our transgender guests and team members should be allowed to use the bathroom of the gender they identify with.”
Viral footage shows a transgender women being confronted in a Denny’s bathroom by a woman running for Congress.
Jazmina Saavedra, who’s running for US Congress in California’s 44th District and is the spokeswoman for the California branch of Latinos for Trump, posted a video on Facebook on Tuesday from inside a Denny’s in California. The video shows Saavedra monitoring the women’s restroom, loudly discussing that a person who appears to be a transgender woman is using the bathroom.
“They put us in danger … a woman like me trying to use the ladies’ room with a man inside saying he’s a lady,” Saavedra says.
The person, originally hidden inside a stall as Saavedra films in the bathroom, says that the congressional hopeful is “invading my privacy.” Saavedra then accuses the individual of invading her privacy.
“I was using the toilet. How was I invading your privacy?” the person in the stall asks.
After a few minutes, footage shows a manager escorting the individual out of the bathroom. Saavedra continues to film as the person leaves the Denny’s and accuses Saavedra of being a “stalker.”
“We need to stop those crazy … people in power,” Saavedra says to the camera. “We cannot allow those things. We need to respect the family. We need to respect women and men, separate. We cannot put them together in the same restroom.”
Watch Saavedra’s video here:
Denny’s said in a statement to Business Insider that is is “extremely disturbed” by the incident, and that the company does “not tolerate discrimination of any kind, inclusive of gender identity and sexual orientation.”
“We are dedicated to providing a welcoming dining environment for all our guests and believe that our transgender guests and team members should be allowed to use the bathroom of the gender they identify with,” the statement continues. “Our restaurant teams attend training which covers our policies against discrimination and promotes respect for all guests.”
In this instance, the statement says, the customer was asked to leave after “drug paraphernalia” was spotted on the bathroom floor. According to Denny’s, the manager asked “the guest to leave based on that observation, and not on her gender identity.”
The incident highlights the decisions that restaurants and retailers need to make about their bathroom policies.
Two years ago, Target triggered backlash when it announced that it would welcome transgender customers to use any bathroom or fitting room that matches their gender identity. Shopper traffic declined for the first time in years, and the company installed more single-occupancy bathrooms in all its stores to give critics of the policy more privacy. The new bathrooms cost Target $US20 million to install.
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