CHARLOTTE, N.C. — A North Carolina man was detained by security guards on Sunday after a woman who used the women’s restroom found him in the stall next to her.
The woman, who wishes to remain anonymous, said that she saw a man’s shoe under the adjacent stall as she used the restroom at the 7th Street Public Market, where she was having brunch with her husband.
“It was [a] size 11 to 13 shoe,” she told local television station WCCB. “I knew for sure it was a man.”
She became concerned and filmed the man’s feet with her cell phone. The woman could also hear him making inappropriate noises within the stall.
Concerned for her safety, she immediately told her husband, who tracked down the man and confronted him.
“Sir, what were you doing in the stall next to my wife in the women’s bathroom?” he asked.
The man claimed that he was “looking for his daughter,” and that he “didn’t know what [the woman’s husband] was talking about.”
The man was later detained by security guards, and the woman’s husband took photos of the man as he was being led away. The shoes in the photographs match those in the woman’s video.
Police confirmed to reporters that they responded to a call for indecent exposure on Sunday morning.
“I feel like there should definitely be stricter rules or stricter laws that protect women and children who want to just go to the bathroom in peace,” the woman stated. “As a mother of a 10-month-old daughter, it makes me nervous, for myself, for her, for anyone.”
As previously reported, in May, officials in North Carolina sued the Obama administration over its demand that the state allow men who identify as women to use women’s restrooms and vice versa. Legislators had passed a law requiring citizens who identify as the opposite sex to present a birth certificate before using the restroom that correlates with their “gender identity.” The requirement only pertained to government buildings and not businesses.
The U.S. Department of Justice countersued, and Attorney General Loretta Lynch asserted that “the legislature and the governor placed North Carolina in direct opposition to federal laws prohibiting discrimination on the basis of sex and gender identity” by passing the measure.
North Carolina officials, however, disagree with the Obama administration’s interpretation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, which prohibits employers from discriminating against a person because of their gender. The law has generally been considered as applying to discrimination against women in treating females as inferior to males.
“This is an attempt to unilaterally rewrite long-established federal civil rights laws in a manner that is wholly inconsistent with the intent of Congress and disregards decades of statutory interpretation by the courts,” the state contended in its legal challenge.