Thursday, February 20th, 2014
A Utah woman spent more than $550 on t-shirts she says are offensive and “indecent,” taking that action when a store refused to remove the shirts from their display window. More from Newser:
Judy Cox says she was shopping with her teenage son in Orem, Utah County, when she spotted a window display of T-shirts featuring semi-clad models in provocative poses. When the manager declined to remove the display, she coughed up $567 for all the PacSun store’s shirts from its “Visual Heartbreakers” line.
Cox says she’d like to just destroy all 19 shirts, “but I’ll let their corporate office figure out what to do with them when I return them on day 59 of a 60-day return policy,” she tells the Daily Herald. She has been in touch with the city attorney of Orem—which calls itself “Family City USA”—to see whether the store’s display violated the city’s decency code, and says she hopes her efforts will inspire others.
“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,” she tells the AP.
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Friday, January 31st, 2014
As many as 40 children at a Salt Lake City elementary school had their school lunches taken away after the school discovered the children had outstanding balances on their lunch accounts, as The Salt Lake Tribune reports:
“It was pretty traumatic and humiliating,” said Erica Lukes, whose 11-year-old daughter had her cafeteria lunch taken from her as she stood in line Tuesday at Uintah Elementary School, 1571 E. 1300 South.
Lukes said as far as she knew, she was all paid up. “I think it’s despicable,” she said. “These are young children that shouldn’t be punished or humiliated for something the parents obviously need to clear up.”
Jason Olsen, a Salt Lake City District spokesman, said the district’s child-nutrition department became aware that Uintah had a large number of students who owed money for lunches.
As a result, the child-nutrition manager visited the school and decided to withhold lunches to deal with the issue, he said.
But cafeteria workers weren’t able to see which children owed money until they had already received lunches, Olsen explained.
The workers then took those lunches from the students and threw them away, he said, because once food is served to one student it can’t be served to another.
Children whose lunches were taken were given milk and fruit instead.
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