Horrified Mom Buys out 'Indecent' T-Shirts From PacSun in Protest
byKaitlin StanfordFeb 19, 2014
Judy Cox of Orem, Utah was recently on a trip to the mall with her 18-year-old son when they walked by a window display for the popular clothing store PacSun.
But let's just say mom didn't like what she saw.
Stopping dead in her tracks, Cox noticed several mannequins donning T-shirts that all bore a similar image: a scantily clad woman, posing in her underwear.
Now, most moms might catch sight of this with their 18-year-old son nearby and find their eyes widening. They might even throw their kid some side-eye and let them know that they will not be wearing that one to school.
But most moms aren't Judy Cox—she took things one step further.
Disgusted by the T-shirts and the images they were portraying, Cox walked right into the store and asked the manager to have them removed. When the manager calmly told her that unfortunately, that could not be done but she'd be happy to send a letter to corporate, well, Cox was not having it.
So she decided to remove the T-shirts herself—by promptly buying out every last almost-naked-girl T-shirt there was, at $28 a pop. In the end, the whole ordeal cost her a pretty hefty $567. (Though we're not really sure how or if she managed to actually buy the ones on the mannequin. Have you ever tried asking for something off the mannequin before? It's impossible!) But don't worry; she plans to return them all before the store's 60-day return policy is up.
"These shirts clearly cross a boundary that is continually being pushed on our children in images on the Internet, television and when our families shop in the mall," Cox said in an email to The Associated Press.
Backing up Cox's protest is the manager of the University Mall where the whole incident went down. "This is a store that caters to junior high and high school age kids," said Rob Kallas, who's been the mall manager for 40 years. "Some of the poses were provocative and were inappropriate for a store catering to young people."
We're betting Cox has plenty of other supporters in her area, too, considering that Orem is located in Utah County, a particularly conservative region whose motto is "Family City USA." According to the AP, most residents are members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, which has strong views on pornography and "encourages its youth to dress and act modestly."
In the meantime, Cox is speaking with her lawyer on whether or not the window display goes against city code by putting "explicit sexual material" on display; and her son is no doubt recovering from perhaps the most embarrassing trip to the mall with mom ever.
What do you think of Cox's protest? Justified or over-the-top?