A Texas woman was upset to see a man inside the women's dressing room at a department store.
Lisa Stickles told KTVT a man was allowed to use the women's dressing room at a Ross department store in Mesquite, Texas.
“I was in the dressing room, when we heard a man’s voice,” Stickles told KTVT.
She consulted management, who informed her that person was allowed to change inside the room.
"She 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," Stickles recalled.
Customers at the Ross department store are allowed to use dressing rooms that match their gender identity. Similarly, TJ Maxx, Target, and Marshalls also let customers choose facilities based on gender identity, whereas customers at Kohl’s must use those aligned with their biological sex.
"[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," Sickles said.
Therefore, she decided to wait, and was surprised to see that the person leave the changing room was not obviously presented as a woman.
"He was in no way dressed as a woman," Sickles said. "He had on jeans, a t-shirt, 5 o’clock shadow, very deep voice. He was a man."
Although customer service representatives with the department store declined to comment on this specific incident, they stated the Ross does not discriminate against the transgender community.
Comments on the CBS/Dallas Fort Worth Facebook page were divided, and as many agreed as disagreed with Stickles’ sentiment.
"This is so stupid," wrote Christina Cappuccia. "If she were to go into a Kohl's or Academy Sports and try on clothes, she would possibly hear a man's voice as well - since they have unisex dressing rooms (and have for quite some time). As do several other stores that sell clothing. Yikes, people, get over yourselves."
"If a man is representing as a woman, he needs to be dressed like a woman, wear makeup like a woman, and have a woman's id on him, like a driver's license," said Sandra Katherine Smith.
"Shopper needs to learn to shop online so as to never hear the voices of men while changing again," wrote Lillian Autumn Senders.