Woman Sues Zara After Finding Dead Rat Sewn Into Her Dress
Warning: do not read on unless you have a very strong stomach.
Retail giant Zara is in hot water yet again after a New York woman alleged she discovered a dead rodent sewn into the seam of the dress she bought at the fashion company’s store in Greenwich, Conn..
Cailey Fiesel told New York Daily News she bought two dresses off the rack in July and wore the alleged dress-from-hell for the first time to her job a month later when she made a gruesome discovery.
The 24 year-old says she began to smell something rotten during the day, but couldn’t immediately identify the source. Later, she felt something uncomfortable grazing her leg, which she assumed to be a loose string inside the dress. Without giving it much thought, Fiesel then allegedly reached down to locate the piece of string and instead found an unusual bulge, which on closer inspection proved to be the leg of a dead rat.
“Paralyzed with fear”, the Zara customer claims she then removed the dress and found the alleged deceased rodent inside the seam.
Fiesel is now suing the fashion retailer for damages, including emotional distress and a large rash from a “rodent-born disease” with which she was subsequently diagnosed.
Court documents from the lawsuit have disclosed several images of the alleged dead rat in the dress with one of its “appendages protruding”.
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Zara released a statement in response to the suit, telling Daily News it was 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,” a spokesperson said.
This is not the first time the retailer has been embroiled in controversy. In 2014, the company defended a children’s top emblazoned with a Concentration Camp design and yellow star of David, despite intense public outcry, and in April of this year, 20 year-old African American Zara employee, Cree Ballah spoke out after being humiliated by two of her managers when they publicly removed her box braids in the middle of a crowded shopping mall.
Fiesel is currently seeking an unspecified sum of compensation to “fairly and adequately compensate” the injuries she’s suffered as a result of the store’s alleged misconduct.
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