ATHENS, Georgia (WXIA) – A sign on the door of a unisex restroom at an Athens Kroger store was posted on social media this week, which has since gone viral.
The sign says the unisex facility is in place “because sometimes gender specific toilets put others into uncomfortable situations.”
The sign went on to note that it is in place for “Dads with daughters, Moms with sons, Parents with disabled children, Those in the LGBTQ, Adults with aging parents who may be mentally or physically disabled.”
The Facebook post by Tonya Owens Saturday on Kroger’s page showed the sign with the caption that said simply “Nice job Kroger.
This is from a Kroger in Athens, Ga.” Since then, it has received more than 2,800 comments, 67,600 likes and 100,000 shares.
The sign has received more attention in the wake of Gov. Nathan Deal’s veto of the religious freedom bill, which critics said would have legalized discrimination against the LGBT community. A large number of companies and organizations had threatened to boycott the state if Deal had signed the legislation which had been passed by both houses of the General Assembly during its 2016 session, which ended last week.
Kroger says the signage has been at the Epps Bridge location in Athens since the store there opened in 2014.
“Kroger stores with unisex bathrooms are designed to serve our customers stated on that sign – parents with young children, parents with disabled children, adults with aging parents, the LGBTQ community and for any other reason such an accommodation might be more convenient,” said Glynn Jenkins, public relations director of Kroger’s Atlanta Division. “We are proud to serve each and every customer that walks in our doors.”
The company says they have family-friendly restrooms of the same sort in a number of their newer stores.