Grandmother Forced To Use Bathroom Outside After Shell Gas Station Employee Denied Her Access To Restroom
An 89-old grandmother in Charlotte, North Carolina could have felt like she was reliving segregation when she was denied entry into a gas station bathroom as she made her way home from church.
According to WBTV, Evelyn Redic went to Sunday service in a church van. On the way home, the van got a flat tire and so they pulled into a Shell gas station to refill it. Eventually, Redic had to use the restroom. But a clerk at the station refused to allow her to do so, forcing her to urinate in a grassy area nearby.
Katossa Glover, Redic’s granddaughter, told WBTV, “She says she was outraged. She said, ‘I have never been so embarrassed.’”
Glover said, “People are tired of being mistreated and a woman who has been here since 1929, who has gone through that, will not experience that in 2018 without the community fighting.”
Glover said the incident left her grandmother so rattled, she had to be taken to the hospital to get checked out.
“She’s still very weak. She’s resting.”
County Commissioner Vilma Leake, who represents the people of that area, went to gas station to speak to the manager but he/she wasn’t there. So she could only speak to a clerk who told her that they weren’t allowed to speak about the incident. She called the corporate office and is still waiting for a response. In the meantime, she encouraged residents to stop visiting the Shell gas station on Clanton Road.
“She’s a human being and they are human That is out of the ordinary to say no to somebody that age,” Leake said.
County officials say no violations occurred that day because as long as there was a restroom for employees, the owners could determine who would be able to use it. But after January 1, 2019, all gas stations in North Carolina will be required to provide restrooms for customers.
Redic’s family don’t believe the technicality excused the mistreatment.
“I think if you are making money here in this community, you need to be taking care of your community.”
The family plans to protest the gas station until they receive a public apology.