You may have seen the following headline (or similar ones) in your conservative friends’ newsfeeds: California Man Dressed As Woman Busted For Videoing In Ladies Bathroom.
The story of (then) 33-year-old Jason Pomare who allegedly posed as a female to film women in the bathroom of a Macy’s department store has been making the rounds on certain conservative websites for the better part of April.
A Palmdale, California, man wearing women’s clothing was arrested in a Lancaster Macy’s store after he was seen in a women’s bathroom. The man was allegedly videotaping women in the bathroom.
Jason Pomare, 33, was arrested over the weekend after mall security officers learned he had been hanging out in a Macy’s department store women’s bathroom. The security guards contacted a Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department (LASD) deputy who found the cross-dressing man in a mall storage area, NBC Los Angeles reported.
The problem is that the incident didn’t occur “over the weekend.” It happened in 2013, long before any of the recent bathroom laws were even conceived.
Breitbart, along with other sites, loosely tide the incident to the current controversy surrounding anti-LGBT “bathroom laws” which were recently signed into law in North Carolina. Rhetoric attacking trans-friendly bathrooms claims that men could disguise themselves as female in order to peep on women – a claim that has no correlation in the real world.
The article continued:
It is not clear if Lancaster has a “bathroom ordinance” like the one defeated in Houston last year where men would legally be allowed to enter women’s bathrooms and locker rooms. Breitbart Texas’ Lana Shadwick covered the defeat of that ordinance in Houston. Pomare was not charged with any offenses related to being in the women’s bathroom other than the illegal filming.
Other sites went with the story and used Breitbart as a source. As of this writing, Breitbart still hasn’t updated their story to reflect the fact that it took place 3 years ago.