Travis and I met a couple of college friends for a double date on Friday night. We hadn’t seen each other much this summer, and we were catching up on our respective jobs. One of my friends works in Loss Prevention for a major department store, and a horror story she shared from work has forced me to re-think the way I shop.
Before you read on, answer me this…
Full disclosure: I don’t usually wash brand new clothes before wearing them, but thanks to this little anecdote, that will no longer be the case! Here’s her story…
Essentially, my friend’s job is to keep an eye on customers for any suspicious activity. One day, she saw a woman acting strangely and collecting a bunch of expensive clothes, so she followed the woman to the fitting room and peeked through the door slats to see if she was actually trying the items on. (Don’t worry— she promises that they only do this when they have a reasonable suspicion that a customer is stealing merchandise.)
Sure enough, the woman stuffed the clothes into her purse and exited the dressing room. My friend followed her up to the second floor, where she went into another dressing room, carrying a skirt. Peeking again through the slats, my friend watched the woman urinate in the corner of the fitting room! As if this wasn’t bad enough, she then used the skirt in lieu of toilet paper. When she was finished, she left the dressing room, put the skirt on a hanger, and HUNG IT BACK ON THE RACK!!!
I honestly don’t even know where to begin. The fitting room was cleaned, the soiled garment was removed, and the woman was arrested and will serve time for her horrifying action, but I can’t help but wonder: what if she hadn’t been caught?!
Do you wash brand new clothes from a department store before you wear them? If the answer is yes, will you continue to do so after reading this story? Have you ever heard of anything like this happening? Share your thoughts in the comments!