A transgender woman in South Memphis says her work truck was set on fire earlier this week.
Toni Whitfield said she was asleep in her home when she heard her truck’s alarm system go off and smelled smoke.
“Neighbors woke me up and said, ‘Your truck is on fire! Your truck is on fire!’” Whitfield told local FOX affiliate WHBQ in an interview. “I thought it was a game, but no one would kid like that. It actually was on fire. I could see flames. The fire department came, got the water hose and put it out. They said it was arson.”
The truck serves as a vehicle for her lawn care business, Lawn Chicks, which hires transgender women who can’t find work elsewhere because they have been discriminated against by employers. The business has been operational for about five