Utah Mom Who Bought 'Indecent' PacSun T-shirts Looking for Refund

A mother shopping at a Utah mall was so revolted by the T-shirts displayed in a store window that she bought every one of the offending items.

Judy Cox stands for a photograph holding a stack of T-shirts with what she believes are pornographic designs on Monday, Feb. 17, 2014, in Orem, Utah.

Judy Cox holds a stack of T-shirts purchased from PacSun with what she believes are pornographic designs. 

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A Utah mom who was so offended by T-shirts in a PacSun window she bought them all for about $600 is planning to return them for a full refund, according to reports.

Judy Cox was shopping with her 18-year-old son at a mall in Orem, Utah, about an hour south of Salt Lake City, when she noticed a set of explicit T-shirts with nearly naked women in the window of PacSun, a store that sells beach clothing. 

“On our way to another store we passed the PacSun store, and I just stopped dead in my tracks,” Cox told Fox. The story was first reported by the Daily Herald of Provo.

Displayed in the window were four T-shirts each featuring a “nearly naked woman,” reported Fox.

“The bottom of one woman is completely uncovered and it’s a very provocative pose that she’s in,” Cox added.

After complaining to the manager about the “indecent” shirts, she learned they could not be removed from the display unless the store’s corporate office gave its approval. The manager sent an email to the corporate office. But Cox couldn’t wait.

“As I was leaving the mall I just had this thought come to me that I can’t leave it, I can’t let it stay in the window for three or four more days while someone makes a decision,” Cox told Fox.

So she bought all 19 of the store's "indecent" shirts.

"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 to The Associated Press.

Gary Schoenfeld, the CEO of PacSun defended the clothing in an email to the AP.
"While customer feedback is important to us, we remain committed to the selection of brands and apparel available in our stores,” he said.

Orem has a population of about 90,000 and the majority of residents belong to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, according to the AP.

Cox met with lawyer Greg Stephens Tuesday to discuss whether the T-shirts violated a city code prohibiting “any material that appeals to a prurient interest in sex and depicts nudity, actual or simulated sexual conduct, sexual excitement or sadomasochistic conduct.”

Cox said she plans to return the T-shirts just before the store's 60-day return window closes.