Re-write their policy, issue a public apology, and fire all employees involved.

Re-write their policy, issue a public apology, and fire all employees involved.

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Janae Peterson started this petition to Maverick's Beach Club and

On May 4th, 2021 I went to eat at Mavericks Beach Club in Pacific Beach. After eating food I went to the bathroom where it was completely empty and to my knowledge I was alone. As I entered into the stall and started to use the bathroom, I heard 2 women yelling “Men are not allowed in here, if you’re a man you can not be in the women’s restroom.” I initially was quiet, as a woman, there was no thought in my mind that they would be speaking to me. As I continued to use the bathroom I saw 2 women approach my stall. These two women, which I later found out, was 2 employees from Mavericks, a bartender and a security guard. The bartender put her hands on the top of my door and started to jump up to see over the stall. Once I saw her jumping I quickly yelled, “I am not a man.” In which she got quiet and I saw her enter the stall on my right. After pleading to them that I was a woman, the security guard went into the stall on my left climbed over the toilet and began examining me and my private areas as I was wiping myself. I froze and the security guard stared at me for 10 seconds before grabbing her microphone and telling all the employees in the beach club that I was a girl. I was terrified, being cornered in a stall completely exposed to two female employees because they did not believe me when I told them that I was a woman. As I finished and got towards the stall door to exit, I asked blindly if they were employees of Mavericks and they did not respond. I then opened the stall door as they were leaving the bathroom and noticed they had on their Mavericks uniforms. They began apologizing and told me that “someone” told them that a man walked into the women’s restroom. I asked who told them and they never disclosed that information to me. The bartender asked if she could bring a drink to my table “on her” to make things right with me. I declined 5 times and she started to say “come on are you a tequila girl?” “You look like a tequila girl”   “Or are you a whiskey girl.” I declined and was distraught and crying back to my table to rejoin my wife and friends. Shortly after sitting down, the bartender brought me a double shot and apologized again. She then sat down at our table and said that she was the only one that was looking over the stall. I immediately asked to speak with a manager and the security guard involved so we could discuss what happened further. When the manager arrived 10 minutes later, Cody Martin, assured us that their mends to this would be taking care of our bill, send those employees home, and offering to “take care of us” whenever we came back. I again, asked to speak with the security guard. After 20 minutes she arrived at the table to apologize for making me “feel like I was violated,” but that “she did not feel that way and she was just doing her job.” When we asked her if looking over the stalls to confirm someone’s genitalia was part of the policy she confirmed, she “was just doing her job.” As the conversation continued, I asked how she would feel if the same situation happened to her, in which she responded “I’m bisexual” and “I wear weaves boo.” I then requested her to leave my table and we left the venue.

 


Once arriving home, I began posting on social media and calling news outlets to attempt to shed light on the situation that arose yesterday. I feel disgusted, I was terrified, I was shocked, disheartened, traumatized and humiliated all due to the actions of Mavericks Beach Club and Verant group’s employees actions. The security guard admitted that this is policy for their restaurant and they need to be held accountable and more LGBTQ+, as well as black and brown people, need to know that they are not safe with these policies in tact at the bars/clubs that the Verant Group owns. Please help me shed light on this situation as something personal was taken from me and exploited and I can never get that back.

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