mcdonald s: McDonald’s unleashes controversy in Brazil over unisex restrooms

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RIO DE JANEIRO: A. MC Donalds The restaurant in Brazil was ordered Sunday to comply with health regulations by installing separate toilets for men and women after sparking a controversy with its unisex bathroom.
The scandal erupted over a viral video shot from inside the unisex toilet of a McDonald’s restaurant in Bauru, in St. Paul state.
In the video, a woman who appears to have shot the clip is heard complaining: “This is absurd! Children use these toilets. This is communism in our city of Bauru, it’s shameful!”
The video caused such a storm that health officials visited the restaurant and “found that the municipality’s health regulations were not being met,” Bauru Mayor Suellen Roim said on Twitter.
According to local law, toilets must be “separate and identified, one for each sex”.
McDonald’s was given two weeks to comply with the regulation or face a fine or restaurant closure.
The company explained in a statement that it was trying to create areas of “inclusion and respect” so that “everyone feels free to use” the bathrooms.
The fast food chain said it worked with the authorities to “meet certain standards”.
But the issue has aroused the ire of conservatives in a country where gender issues have become a hot topic since the far-right president Jair Bolsonaro – often accused of sexism and homophobia – took power three years ago.

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