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A mother at a Utah shopping mall decided to censor a group of graphic T-shirts on sale at a retail chain by purchasing all of them.
Judy Cox was recently shopping at the University Mall in Orem with her 18-year-old son when she saw the mall's PacSun store displaying T-shirts that had lewd images on them.
After complaining to the store manager about the window display of T-shirts came to naught, Cox took the atypical route of buying all 19 shirts on display, the Daily Herald reported earlier this week.
"The window touted the company's line of 'Visual T-shirts' that included screened photos of scantily-dressed models is provocative poses," according to the Daily Herald.
"Cox purchased all…the T-shirts, including the displays from the store. She said she would like to just destroy all $567 worth…"
Cox has stated that she will keep the products for now with the intention of returning them for a full refund the day before the 60-day refund deadline.
In an email sent to The Associated Press, Cox explained her issues with the graphic nature of the fashion at the PacSun.
"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," wrote Cox.
As part of the effort against the T-shirt display, Cox contacted two socially conservative groups, Women for Decency and One Million Moms after she had made the large purchase.
Jan Garbett, president of Women for Decency, told The Christian Post that "while I admire her energy and concern I would have suggested a different approach."
"I advised her to do an online petition and rally like-minded individuals via social media to request the removal of the T-shirts," said Garbett.
"[Women for Decency] encourages citizens to express their perspective for a community standard of decency."
Visual Heartbreakers is the fashion company whose T-shirts were on display, many of which include images of scantily clad women.
Despite her headline-grabbing efforts, Cox's campaign may yet be in vain. PacSun CEO Gary Schoenfeld has stated that, despite her concerns, his company is going to maintain its partnership with Visual Heartbreakers.