SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A mother upset about “indecent” T-shirts on display at a Utah mall found a quick 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 saw the shirts in the window of a PacSun store.
The shirts featured pictures of scantily dressed models in provocative poses.
Cox said she complained about the window display to a store manager and was told the T-shirts couldn't be taken down without approval from the corporate office. She then bought all 19 T-shirts in stock, for a total of $567. She says she plans to return them later, toward the end of the chain store's 60-day return period.
The shirts cost about $28 each on the website for PacSun, which sells beach clothes for teens and young adults.
“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,” said Cox, who planned to meet with Orem's city attorney to discuss whether the shirts' images violate city code.
Mall manager Rob Kallas said the display is down now because Cox bought all the shirts. He said the PacSun store manager told him she was embarrassed to put up the display but was following instructions from corporate managers.
Kallas didn't see the T-shirts until getting an email from Cox but said he agrees they were inappropriate. Victoria's Secret has images of women in lingerie, but their clientele is different, he said.
“Some of the poses were provocative and were inappropriate for a store catering to young people,” Kallas said.