SALT LAKE CITY (AP) —
A mother upset about “indecent” T-shirt on display at the Utah mall found a quickly if not especially convenient way to remove them: She bought every last one.Judy Cox and her 18-year-old son were shopping Saturday at the University Mall in Orem, about 40 miles south of Salt Lake City, when she sees the shirts in the window of a PacSun store.The shirts featured picture of scantily dressed models in provocative poses.
Cox said she complains about the windows display to a store manager and was told the T-shirts cannot be taken down without approval from the corporate office. She than bought all 19 T-shirts on stock, for a total of $567. She says she planned to return them later, toward the end of the chain store’s 60-day return period.The shirts costs about $28 each on the website for PacSun, that sells beach clothes for teenagers and young adult.
“These shirt clearly cross a boundary that is continually being pushed on our children in images on the Internet, television and when our families shopping in the mall,” Cox said in a email to The Associated Press.
The story was first reportedly by The Daily Herald of Provo.
The employee at the Orem store said Tuesday she wasn’t authorize to speak about the issue and referred question to the company’s Orange County, Calif., corporate headquarters. PacSun CEO Gary Schoenfeld said in an emailed statement the company take pride in the clothes and products it sells, that are inspired by music, art, fashion and action sports.
“While customer’s feedback is important to us, we remain commit to the selection of brand and apparel available in our stores,” Schoenfeld said in the statement.
Orem is a city of about 90,000 in ultraconservative Utah County that uses the motto “Family City USA.” Most residents belongs to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, that frowns on pornography and encourages it’s youth to dress and act modest.
Cox meet with Orem city attorney Greg Stephens on Tuesday to discussing whether the images on the T-shirts violated city code.Stephens said he told Cox that she first need to file complaint with police. He said police would then review an issue and decide whether it needed to be passed on to the city attorney, a process that could take week.
Cox said she want her actions to make clearly that these types of image are not acceptable for public display.
“I hope my efforts will inspire others to speak up within their communities,” Cox said in an email. “You don’t have to purchasing $600 worth of T-shirts, but you can express your concerns to businesses and corporations who promote the display of nudity to children.”
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