Rancho Popantopalous, CAâ€”It started when a local brown bear attempted to use the restroom at the Feldman Public Library in Rancho Popantopalous. At first, library staff refused the bear entry, but when it was clear that the bear self-identified as human, the issue immediately became more complex. The libraryâ€™s restroom was an â€œinclusive restroomâ€ and after some thought, library staff decided to allow the bear entry. Despite the mauling of three patrons, the community at large felt good about the decision and celebrated it as a big step for interspecies progress.
This led to a public policy allowing any local bears who identify as human to use any restrooms in the state, without exception.
With more bears using restrooms, the death toll has risen exponentially, causing some people to question if the policy has really been thought through. But this is only a small minority, mostly friends and families of the dead, who have been dismissed as bigots and hatemongers.
There is already talk of building larger stalls and urinals to accommodate the animals. â€œIf you donâ€™t like getting attacked by bears, go home and use your own bathroom,â€ said librarian Julianna Huxley. â€œStop trying to set back the clock.â€