YouTube user Andy Park recently secretly filmed himself going into a Target store in St. Petersburg, Florida, to test the retail company's new transgender bathroom policy, which allows people to use the bathroom that corresponds to their gender identity (video below).
Park entered the store and asked an employee (pictured) about using the ladies' bathroom, and the employee referred him to an asset protection man named Gerard, notes Mediaite.com.
Park, who doesn't self-identify as transgender and may have been trolling the store, asks Gerard, "I just came by because I wanted to make sure that I was allowed to use the women's room before I went in."
Gerard confirms that Park can do so, and Park responds, "If any of the women have a problem, you'll let them know that."
"They can come and we'll speak to that," Gerard adds.
When questioned later by Mediaite.com, Gerard referred the news site to the corporate media relations department, which said: "We certainly respect that there are a wide variety of perspectives and opinions. As a company that firmly stands behind what it means to offer our team an inclusive place to work -- and our guests an inclusive place to shop -- we continue to believe that this is the right thing for Target."
Target's corporate website stated on April 19:
"In our stores, we demonstrate our commitment to an inclusive experience in many ways. Most relevant for the conversations currently underway, we welcome transgender team members and guests to use the restroom or fitting room facility that corresponds with their gender identity.
"We regularly assess issues and consider many factors such as impact to our business, guests and team members. Given the specific questions these legislative proposals raised about how we manage our fitting rooms and restrooms, we felt it was important to state our position.
"Everyone deserves to feel like they belong. And you’ll always be accepted, respected and welcomed at Target."