Target’s enter into the transgender bathroom debate will likely go down as an example of what not to do in the next edition of your business textbook.
Following North Carolina’s controversial “bathroom bill” that would’ve required people to use the bathroom that corresponds with their birth certificate, Target decided to signal to the world how progressive they were by stating that their customers could use whatever bathroom they pleased!
Of course, this was completely pointless, as NC’s bathroom bill didn’t discriminate against transgender people who actually went through the effort of transitioning. Someone who transitioned fully would be able to have their gender legally changed (even on their birth certificate), and thus wouldn’t be prohibited from using their desired bathroom post-transition like many assumed.
I suppose Target thought that this would be a wise business decision given the unpopularity of NC’s law, but it ended up resulting in a petition to boycott their store racking up over 1.4 million signatures. If there was anything less popular than the bathroom bill, it was Target capitalizing off of it.
The concerns that a sexual predator could simply use whatever bathroom at Target they wanted and claim to be transgender (even if they’re not) quickly proved to be valid, when a “transgender” person was arrested taking photos of others in their changing room (which had the same gender policy) back in July.
So anyone can enter a Target bathroom, right? Wrong.
As Breitbart reported:
A mother of a three-month-old was told she could not use a dressing room at a Target in Kyle, Texas to breastfeed her baby. She posted about her experience on Facebook and said “It was definitely embarrassing.”
The 23-year-old mother said, “She told me, that’s really not what they’re for but that there was a bathroom that I could use. She was the only employee back there and there were no customers back there other than me,” reported KHOU11.
The young mother, Jessica, also relayed, “She told me I couldn’t leave my cart with the unattended items. So, I asked her where I could put it, and she told me that I should probably not bring a hungry baby out.”
“She asked if she wouldn’t take a bottle, and I said ‘no she’s breastfed, we’ve had a hard time with bottles.’” The female Target employee replied, “Well, maybe you should feed her in the car, maybe you should just leave.”
Jessica says she covers herself when she is breastfeeding her baby. She does not want the media to use her full name because of the backlash she has received on social media.
How progressive! Well, actually, Target is ironically violating ObamaCare with this decision.
The “Affordable” Care Act mandates that employers must provide reasonable breaks so breastfeeding mothers can express their milk at work. A private restroom does not comply with the law, it must be a private area that is free from intrusion.
Will President Obama be the next to pledge to protest their stores? Who knows.