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89-Year-Old Grandmother Turned Away At Charlotte Gas Station; Forced To Use Bathroom Outside

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Charlotte, NC – An elderly grandmother in Charlotte, N.C. was told “no” when she asked to use the bathroom at a gas station on her way home from church.

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Evelyn Redic (WBTV screenshot)

WBTV reports that Evelyn Redic, 89, went to service in the church van on Sunday (July 1). The van got a flat tire and pulled into a gas station on Clanton Road to get it fixed. That was when Redic tried to use the bathroom, only to be turned away and forced to relieve herself on the grass near the station.

“She says she was outraged,” Redic’s granddaughter, Katossa Glover, told the news station. “She said ‘I have never been so embarrassed.’”

Glover shared her grandmother’s story on social media, sparking outrage, with many coming to her grandmother’s defense. Glover pointed out that her grandmother has experienced this type of situation before in her lifetime.

“People are tired of being mistreated,” Glover said, “and a woman who has been here since 1929, who has gone through that, will not experience that in 2018 without the community

fighting.”

The incident left the grandmother so shaken that she had to be taken to the hospital to get checked out.

“She is still very weak,” Glover said. “She’s resting.”

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Mecklenburg County Commissioner Vilma Leake

County Commissioner Vilma Leake, who represents the area where Redic was made to feel so uncomfortable, went to the gas station to speak to the manager but could only find a clerk.

“The first thing she said was ‘We can’t say anything,’” Leake said.

Leake, frustrated and angry at the incident, was told to call the corporate office, and was still waiting for a response as of last Thursday. She encouraged patrons to not use the business until she got answers.

“She’s a human being and they are human,” Leake said. “That is out of the ordinary to say no to somebody that age.”

Meanwhile, Mecklenburg County officials say that no violations occurred that day, noting that as long as there was a restroom for employees to use, owners could decide who got to use the bathroom. Technically, after Jan. 1, 2019, all new gas stations in North Carolina will be required to have a restroom for customer use.

Regardless of technicalities, Redic’s family thinks that an exception could have been made.

“I think if you are making money here in this community, you need to be taking care of your community,” Glover said, adding that the family will protest the gas station until they get a public apology.

 

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Phyllis Coley
Phyllis D. Coley is CEO/Publisher of Spectacular Magazine and Host of Spectacular Magazine Radio Show. With a B.A. in English from NCCU, the Durham native began her professional career as Promotions/Marketing Director for New York City’s WKTU-FM. While at the radio station, Coley discovered the rap group Kid ‘n Play and managed them for five years, guiding their music and movie careers to success. Moving back to Durham, Coley produced a nationally syndicated television show, The Electric Factory, while working as News Director for FOXY 107/104. In April 2002, recognizing a void in highlighting the achievements of African Americans, she started her own business publishing ACE Magazine. Coley launched Spectacular Magazine in November 2004. Recognizing the lack of pertinent and truthful information, Coley began Spectacular Magazine Radio Show in March 2009. Coley is the organizer of Durham's Annual MLK/Black History Month Parade and the Annual North Carolina Juneteenth Celebration. She currently serves on Central Children’s Home Board of Directors, Raleigh Chamber of Commerce’s Board of Advisors, as Immediate Past Secretary of the Durham Rotary Club Board of Directors and is one of the founding members of the Triangle United Way’s African American Leadership Initiative. pcoley@spectacularmag.com
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