Woman claims to have found dead mouse sewn into dress bought at big name high-street shop
A woman in New York is suing well-known high-street shop Zara after claiming a dead rat was sown into a dress she bought in a branch in Connecticut.
The New York Post reports that the 24-year-old purchased a black dress for $40 in a Zara branch in Greenwich, Connecticut in July.
She hung it in her wardrobe for a few weeks before taking it out to wear and she noticed a “disturbingly pungent odour” that she could not get away from, even when she got up from her desk in work.
“I felt something brushing up against my leg and thought it was a string from the seam of the dress,” the 24-year-old said in a document filed to court in New York earlier this week.
“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,” she added.
“I turned up the seam of the dress and saw it was not a sensor and that it was a mouse,” she said, saying it was about 2.5 inches long.
“I saw the little leg that was coming out of the seam that I had touched, which was really horrifying. I froze — I was paralyzed with fear,” Fiesel told the paper.
As well as claiming emotional distress, Fiesel says she picked up a rash that she claims was a 'rodent-born disease'.
The Post quotes a spokesperson for Zara USA who said the company “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.”