There’s a new horror story in the world of fast fashion and this time, it involves a mouse. No, this isn’t the Disney fairytale kind of mouse that helps Cinderella with her chores. This one was found sewn into the hem of a woman’s dress.
According to the New York Post, Caisey Fiesel, 24, was sitting at her work desk one day when she noticed a pungent aroma surrounding her. After walking around for a bit, she was still not able to escape the smell. “I felt something brushing up against my leg and thought it was a string from the seam of the dress,” Fiesel said.
“When I went to pull at it, it didn’t feel like a string. I then felt the hem of the dress and it felt like there was some sort of sensor. I turned up the seam of the dress and saw it was not a sensor and that it was a mouse.” That’s right. A mouse. Sewn into the hem of her dress.
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Naturally, Fiesel was mortified and changed immediately. Following the incident, she has filed a suit with the Manhattan Supreme Court. Not only did Fiesel suffer emotional distress, she also endured “rodent-born-disease,” a.k.a. a large rash on her skin.
According to the suit, Zara should owe the customer “duty of care,” and that includes making sure products are “free from defects, including rodent infestations.” Seems pretty straightforward to us.
A spokesperson for Zara said they are “aware of the suit and… are investigating the matter further.”
Guess that $40 scoop neck dress was more than what both Fiesel and Zara bargained for.