Oklahoma restaurant owner Bob Warner, of the Steak and Catfish Barn, is in the spotlight for a controversial message (above) he recently posted for his customers.
The sign, posted at the entrance of the restaurant, reads: “We do not have a transgender bathroom. So don’t be caught in the wrong one.”
Warner says the sign isn't anti-transgender. He's just protecting his business:
“We have a lot of redneck guys that come in here, truck drivers and everything," said Warner. "They’re big husky guys, and I said ‘Man alive! If their wife or their little girl walked in that bathroom and a man followed them in there, I wouldn’t have a restaurant’.”
Paula Schonauer says she feels the sign reads as a threat. "That sign has an implied threat, a threat that's very real to me."
While Schonauer disagrees with the messaging, she does feel it's a teachable moment, saying, "It's an opportunity to show sometimes what transgender people deal with on a daily basis, unfortunately."
Watch the report from local affiliate KFOR below: