Pro Tip: Your Clothes Shouldn't Have Dead Mice Sewn Into Them
The harrowing tale of one woman's rodent-infested Zara dress.
BY DIANA BRUK | Nov 16, 2016 | Fashion
Fast fashion has a lot of issues. It's bad for the workers and it's bad for the environment. And now, it's led to dead mice ending up inside people's dresses.
This past July, 24-year-old Cailey Fiesel, bought two dresses off the rack at a Zara store in Greenwich, Connecticut. A few weeks later, she wore one to work for the very first time and noticed that there was something not quite right about it. Specifically, that something was a dead mouse in the dress' lining.
"While at work, she started to notice a disturbingly pungent odor," a lawsuit Feisel has now filed against the company reads." As the day went on, Ms Fiesel started to notice what felt like a loose string from her dress rubbing against her leg... without giving it much thought she reached down with her hand to try and locate the piece of string that was rubbing against her."
That's when things got really gruesome, because nope, it was not just a piece of string.
"To her utter shock and disbelief, as she ran her hand over the hem of the dress she felt an unusual bulge and suddenly realised that it was not a string that was rubbing against her leg but was instead a leg rubbing against her leg. The leg of a dead rodent that is."
"Ms Fiesel jumped out of her chair in shock," the suit continues, describing Fiesel as "paralyzed with fear." "After removing the dress she found that a dead rodent was sewn into the hem."
The court papers included black-and-white photos of the dress, "conspicuously depicting the dead rodent with at least one of its appendages protruding."
Fiesel is suing for unspecified damages not only for the emotional distress that the incident caused, but also for the large rash from a "rodent-born disease" with which she was subsequently diagnosed.
Zara did not immediately respond to a request for comment, but a spokesperson told TMZ, "Zara USA is aware of the suit, and we are investigating the matter further. Zara USA has stringent health and safety standards, and we are committed to ensuring that all of our products meet these rigorous requirements."