PacSun T-shirts with indecent pictures caused such consternation for one Utah mother that she decided to take them off the shelves herself —- for $567.
Judy Cox was shopping with her 18-year-old son in University Mall in Orem, a town about 40 miles south of Salt Lake City. As they passed by a PacSun store, the mom saw T-shirts featuring nearly naked women in provocative poses.
Cox took the issue up with the PacSun manager, who told her that the issue was out of his hands. So the woman decided to take action, buying all of the store’s 19 shirts for a total of $567.
Cox doesn’t plan to keep the PacSun T-shirts, instead taking them back within the store’s 60 day return period.
“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.
She added that the action is meant to inspire others to stand up for themselves and families.
“I hope my efforts will inspire others to speak up within their communities,” Cox said in an email. “You don’t have to purchase $600 worth of T-shirts, but you can express your concerns to businesses and corporations who promote the display of pornography to children.”
Cox has another course of action planned. She had a meeting with Orem’s city attorney to determine whether the T-shirts violate city codes. The conservative Utah town has a code that prohibits displays of “explicit sexual material.”
PacSun is standing behind the T-shirts. The company’s CEO, Gary Schoenfeld, said that the company carefully selects and takes pride in the products it sells.
“While customer feedback is important to us, we remain committed to the selection of brands and apparel available in our stores,” Schoenfeld said in a statement.
The PacSun T-shirts are listed on the company’s website for $28.