"If you don't like it, don't buy it" is usually the way the saying goes. But for Judy Cox, that wasn't quite enough.
Cox and her 18-year-old son were shopping in a mall in Orem, a small town outside of Salt Lake City, Utah, when they passed by a PacSun store with a window display featuring T-shirts with pictures of scantily dressed models in provocative poses. Offended by the images, she complained to the store manager, but was told the store needed corporate approval in order to remove the T-shirts from the window. Rather than wait, Cox took matters into her own hands and bought all 19 T-shirts at $28 a piece, for a total of $527. (Question: Is it better that her son now essentially owns these shirts?)
She didn't stop there: Because Orem's city code prohibits anyone from putting "explicit sexual material" on public display, Cox met with a city attorney to see if PacSun had violated that code. "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 wrote in an email to The Associated Press.
The T-shirts are gone for now, thanks to Cox's shopping spree, but PacSun is standing its ground. "While customer feedback is important to us, we remain committed to the selection of brands and apparel available in our stores," PacSun CEO Gary Schoenfeld said in a statement.