It was only a matter of time before Target taking a firm stance on the transgender bathroom issue would backfire. Following North Carolina’s controversial law that would require transgender individuals to use the bathroom on their birth certificate, Target decided to inject themselves into the national conversation, announcing in a public statement that their customers could use whatever bathroom they damn well please.
And that “matter of time” was minutes after taking a stand. The American Family Association started a petition for those pledging to boycott their stores soon after – which now boasts nearly 1.4 million signatures. The concerns were pretty clear, as spelled out on the petition: “This means a man can simply say he “feels like a woman today” and enter the women’s restroom…even if young girls or women are already in there. Target’s policy is exactly how sexual predators get access to their victims. And with Target publicly boasting that men can enter women’s bathrooms, where do you think predators are going to go?”
Well guess what just happened? The Daily Caller reports:
Idaho police arrested a man — who identifies as a transgender woman — on one count of felony voyeurism Tuesday after he took pictures of a woman while she was changing clothes in a Target dressing room, the Post Register reported.
Sheriff’s deputies arrested 43-year-old Sean Patrick Smith, who reportedly identifies as Shauna Patricia Smith, the day after he was spotted reaching over the changing room wall with a cell phone taking pictures of a woman who was trying on clothes. The victim confronted Smith, who then ran out of the store.
The alleged incident took place on Monday. Authorities tracked down Smith after interviewing witnesses and reviewing security footage, local news stations reported. If convicted, Smith faces up to five years in prison.
Target announced in April that men who identify as women would be allowed to use the women’s facilities at the retail store. Soon after, a man recorded himself receiving permission from Target staff to use the women’s bathrooms after he explained that’s where he “feels comfortable.”
Who could’ve seen this coming? At least 1.4 million people, apparently.