NJ diner manager follows trans woman into bathroom, harasses her

The Edison Diner, where a manager followed a trans woman into the bathroom on Wednesday.
The Edison Diner, where a manager followed a trans woman into the bathroom on Wednesday. Photo credit Google Street View

EDISON, N.J. (1010 WINS) -- A manager at a diner in Edison followed a trans woman into the women’s bathroom and then confronted her at her table to demand she use the men’s room.

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Erin Kinahan, 63, told NJ.com she was eating with a group of friends at the Edison Diner on Wednesday when the manager harassed her for using the bathroom.

Kinahan said that when she told the manager she is a woman, he said “you’re a woman in your dreams” and “I don’t know what you are.”

Kinahan is a part of a group that meets weekly at a nearby pride center and often goes out to eat at the Edison Diner after. The group noticed that particular manager giving them dirty looks in the past, she said.

Rachel Clapsis, 26, is also a member of the pride center group and said they all got up to leave after the manager confronted Kinahan.

Edison Diner owner Evan Kalambakas claimed a customer complained which spurred the manager to confrontation.

After NJ.com published Kalambakas’ account, Clapsis posted on Instagram that “someone complaining that Erin was using the bathroom is fabricated as the manager literally followed her into the bathroom.”

Photo credit Rachel Clapsis on Instagram

Kalambakas said the manager is still working at the diner.

He said instead of firing the manager, he’ll hold training for staff on transgender rights.

Kinahan said she intends to speak to a lawyer about potential legal action.

The diner faced backlash on social media as word of the incident spread.