Target made the controversial decision to allow biological men to enter the ladies’ restroom if they “identify” as female back in 2016. Naturally, this outraged many conservatives who believed the policy would endanger women and little girls.
Seems like they were right. Police are currently on the hunt for a man in Chicago who exposed himself to a child in the ladies’ restroom in the store.
“A mother was with her young child at about 4:08 p.m. in the women’s restroom at the Target at 1154 S. Clark when the man entered and insisted he had to go to the bathroom, according to Chicago Police,” reports NBC Chicago.
According to the report he forced his way into the child’s stall and exposed himself.
Shoppers were disturbed over the incident. “It’s very sad. Children are innocent,” said Target shopper Stanley Hughley. “However old the pedophile was, it’s wrong. It’s pure evil no matter how you look at it.”
Danielle Schumann, a Target spokesperson, claims the man was drunk at the time of the incident. “At Target, the safety and security of our guests is critically important to us,” Schumann said. “Immediately after a guest notified us of this incident, we called law enforcement and provided them with video footage from our store entrance to help with their investigation.”
This isn’t the first something like this has happened though. Back in 2016, a man entered the women’s dressing room and allegedly was caught taking photos of a woman changing on clothes.
The Daily Wire reports, “After enacting the new policy allowing people to enter their preferred restroom no matter their biological sex, Target suffered a $10 billion loss in value, a full 20% drop, which critics connected to the new policy, while defenders claimed was a result of other factors. As the protests against the store from pro-family groups escalated, Target’s CEO Brian Cornell not only doubled-down on the controversial policy, but went as far as to compare those opposed to it as being akin to racists who opposed the outlet when they featured black models in their advertisement.”
“We’ve had a long history embracing diversity and inclusion,” said Cornell. “A couple weeks ago, one of our team members sent me a note reminding me that if we went back to the mid-60s, our company was one of the very first to use African-American models in their advertising, and back then, it wasn’t well received.”