David Short wasn't too happy that a transgender woman was using the restroom at the same time as his wife — and so he called the police, the Shelby Star reported.
Officer S.M. Hill came to the scene and told Short that under the North Carolina House Bill 142, the woman was allowed to use the restroom. This was the state legislation that overturned the controversial 2016 law that required public restroom use to correspond to birth gender.
The bill states: "State agencies, boards, offices, departments, institutions, branches of government, including The University of North Carolina and the North Carolina Community College System, and political subdivisions of the State, including local boards of education, are preempted from regulation of access to multiple occupancy restrooms, showers, or changing facilities, except in accordance with an act of the General Assembly."
According to the Shelby Star, Michael Lloyd was with the transgender woman who used the Denny's restroom — and that Lloyd also identifies as a woman.
Lloyd allegedly exited the restaurant and cussed at Short, and then followed Short back into the restaurant and spit at him and his wife, according to police reports.
Lloyd was charged with disorderly conduct and was released on an unsecured bond. It was reported that Lloyd didn't want to make a comment about the incident without discussing it with an attorney first.
The restaurant wants to let its customers know that they can use their bathroom freely, they “do not tolerate discrimination of any kind” and that they expect their customers to treat people equally regardless of their gender or race.
Discrimination has been an ongoing problem all over the world. This is despite the fact some countries have already accepted LGBTQ+ members as part of the community.