Utah woman offended by PacSun shirts buys out entire stockOrem, UT (CNN) – A Utah mother was so disgusted by a t-shirt display that she bought every one they had. When the store wouldn't take down the explicit t-shirts, the woman took matters into her own hands.
By: Kimberly Nelson, CNN, CNN
Orem, UT (CNN) – A Utah mother was so disgusted by a t-shirt display that she bought every one they had. When the store wouldn't take down the explicit t-shirts, the woman took matters into her own hands.
Judy Cox wasn't expecting to come home with bags of t-shirts from PacSun when she went to the university mall with her son, Saturday.
Judy Cox – Asked PacSun to Remove Display: "On our way to another store we passed the PacSun store, and I just stopped dead in my tracks."
That's because in the store window there were four t-shirts on display and each had a picture of a nearly-naked woman. Some are even too provocative to show on television.
Judy Cox: "The bottom of one woman is completely uncovered and it's a very provocative pose that she's in."
Judy went in and spoke with the manager about taking the display down. The manager, while she agreed with Judy, said the only thing she could do was email the complaint to her corporate managers.
Judy Cox: "As I was leaving the mall I just had this thought come to me that I can't leave it, I can't let it stay in the window for three or four more days while someone makes a decision."
So Judy did the only thing she knew to do: she bought every single explicit t-shirt in the store.
Judy Cox: "I asked her, told her it didn't matter what the cost was that I just wanted every single one, including the displays, to be out of the store."
Fortunately, Judy says, they didn't have any stock in the back, so she walked out spending just close to $600.
Ann Kronmiller – Shopper: "She really did? I would help pay for that, if I knew her. I think she's great."
I showed some shoppers pictures of the t-shirts.
Ann Kronmiller: "It was so disgusting to me. It's pornography."
Karen Swenson – Shopper: "Shirts like that should not be where kids can see 'em. If you're an adult and you want to buy 'em, that's fine, but that's something that everybody has to go by, and I don't want my kids and my grandkids to have to see that."
We weren't able to film inside the mall or the store, but I did speak with the manager, who told me the display went up on Wednesday and Judy was the only one to complain - but Judy’s not stopping with that complaint. She plans on meeting with the city attorney to find out if she can have the t-shirts or any similar campaigns banned from the store.
Judy Cox: "I hope it sends a really strong message to PacSun that, at least in this community, this is not a standard for us. This is not something we approve of."
Judy Cox says she plans on returning the shirts at the end of the store's 60 day return policy for a full refund.