Athens Kroger Explains Unisex Bathroom Move

Mar 29, 2016 09:46 PM EDT | By Yves Matthew Amodia

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An Athens Kroger gives a reason for its decision to provide a unisex bathroom to customers and employees with a sign that's gone viral online.

According to Online Athens, the sign is posted on the lavatory door of a grocery store in Athens, Georgia.

It stated: "We have a UNISEX bathroom because sometimes gender specific toilets put others into uncomfortable situations."

The sign posted on the door of the unisex bathroom at the Kroger near Athens Tech on U.S. Highway 29 explains who might want to use the bathroom.

"And since we have a lot of friends coming to see us, we want to provide a place for our friends who are:

o    Dads with daughters

o    Moms with sons

o    Parents with disabled children

o    Those in the LGBTQ community

o    Adults with aging parents who may be mentally or physically disabled

THANK YOU for helping us to provide a safe environment for EVERYONE!" the sign read.

A customer's image of the sign shared and spread on Facebook on Saturday received more than 41,000 reactions and 1,500 comments. In addition to that, 60,000 people shared the photo on Facebook as of Monday evening.

According to Fox 4 Kansas City, the public relations director, Glynn Jenkins, for Kroger's Atlanta Division, said the manager of the Athens Kroger could not be interviewed, but he gave a statement in response to the chatter about the signage.

"Kroger stores with unisex bathrooms or lavatory rooms are designed to serve our customers in all the ways put on that sign: parents with young children, parents with disabled children, adults with aging parents, the LGBTQ community and for any other reason such a hospitality might be more a convenience for everyone," Jenkins wrote in a statement. "We are proud and happy to serve each and every customer that walks through our doors."

The signage also adds the store "has a unisex bathroom because sometimes gender specific toilets put others into uncomfortable situations."

The store got praise for its description as well as negative reactions to the bathrooms also in Facebook comments on the photo.

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