A Connecticut woman with short hair says she was mistaken for a transgender woman and told to leave a Wal-Mart bathroom.
Aimee Toms, 22, posted a video to Facebook on Friday recounting the incident, saying a woman confronted her in the restroom and told her to leave.
“She said, ‘You are not supposed to be here. You need to leave,’” Ms. Toms said. “So at first I was like, ‘Does she think I work at a different store, and I shouldn’t be in this bathroom?’ So I said, ‘Yes I do,’ and then she flipped me off, and she was like, ‘You’re disgusting,’ and stormed out.
“She just thought I was somebody who was transgender, and she thought I was a dude who was hiding in the women’s bathroom,” she said.
Ms. Toms, who has glasses and short brown hair, also said she was wearing a baseball cap at the time.
The nation is in the middle of a heated debate about transgender access to restrooms. In response to a Charlotte city ordinance, North Carolina enacted a law regulating public facilities on the basis of biological sex.