LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) — A Denny’s restaurant is apologizing to a man who reportedly identifies as a female who was videotaped by a California congressional candidate using the women’s bathroom.
Jazmina Saavedra posted a video to her Facebook page Tuesday after complaining to management that a man was in the women’s restroom at the Denny’s at 635 Vermont in Koreatown.
In the video, Saavedra is heard asking the person inside a restroom stall, “Why are you using the ladies’ room?”
“You’re invading my privacy!” the person is heard responding.
“No, you’re invading my privacy because I’m a woman,” Saavedra shot back.
The man eventually emerges from the bathroom in a black hoodie and holding a purse before being escorted out of the restaurant.
It was unclear whether the person seen in Saavedra’s video identifies as female, but they reportedly told a Denny’s employee that they were female.
A statement from a Denny’s spokesperson said a manager asked the person to leave after he observed “drug paraphernalia on the floor” of the bathroom and appeared to apologize for Saavedra’s actions.
“There is no place for discrimination of any kind in our restaurants. We do apologize to our transgender guest and others in the restaurant that had to endure another customer’s disrespectful behavior,” the statement read.
Saavedra, a Republican candidate running in the 44th District, which spans from South Los Angeles to San Pedro, is running against Democratic incumbent Rep. Nanette Diaz Barragan.
In a statement, Barragan condemned the video, saying each person has the “right to their own identity.”