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  1. Used Underwear...Get Your Used Underwear...

    Thu May 27, 7:49 AM ET Add Oddly Enough - Reuters to My Yahoo!

    By Christine Kearney

    NEW YORK (Reuters) - In the latest act of sanitizing New York's mean streets, lawmakers want to rid the city of a scourge most people are not even aware of -- previously worn lingerie being sold as new merchandise.

    Council members are mulling the proposed legislation after watching a local television news broadcast which claimed leading department stores, including Saks Fifth Avenue and Macy's, had tried to resell returned undergarments.

    Under current law, stores do not have to state whether undergarments on sale, including women's panties and thongs, have been bought and returned, although certain stores have developed their own policies.

    "This is a major consumer and health issue in that the amount of bacteria that can be transported from one person to another in just one wearing can be a health hazard," said council member Tony Avella.

    "When you talk about it people start to giggle as it is a tough subject to discuss."

    Spokeswoman Elina Kazan said Macy's does not sell worn undergarments and posts signs in changing rooms that intimate apparel should not be tried on for size on top of bare skin.

    "We train our associates to inspect the merchandise upon return and if in salable condition, return it to the sales floor," she said. "Any items that are soiled ... are not returned to the floor."

    The council plans further discussions to decide if the bill should exclude brassieres, undershirts, socks and bathing suits, before being put to a council vote later this year.

    Saks did not return calls for comment.

    Donald Halperin of the New York Metropolitan Retailers Association said the issue was mainly about women's undergarments because women care more about such issues more than men.

    Who even knew they would let you return panties? Disgusting.
  2. 11 Comments

  3. by   MandyInMS
    OMG...I thought some things couldn't be underwear/swimsuits ect....ewwwwwwwww!!!!
  4. by   leslie :-D
    i too, was under the impression that these items were not returnable. this is truly scary and repulsive.
  5. by   SmilingBluEyes
    sounded like some sort of sick fetish thing to me. ICK.
  6. by   Marie_LPN, RN
    Eeeeeeeeeyeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeew !
  7. by   night owl
    Yuck! I also was under the impression that those items could not be returned, but now they are reselling them??? What a world, what a world.
    This is just wrong in so many ways.
  8. by   nekhismom
    See, those bargain underpants in the discount stores do you right! I mean, They're in a sealed bag, so at least you know nobody at the store tried them on. If it's opened, you know. Cheapies for me!!

    BTW, I too have always seen signs not to try items on bare skin, and that these things are NOT returnable. That is just GROSS!!!
  9. by   kids
    Returned bras & undershirts I can deal with, panties NO way. I can't believe anyone would think you could return them (wait a minute, yes I can), let alone that a store would accept them.

    You can count me among those who buy/wear the sealed package cheapie ones.
  10. by   Marie_LPN, RN
    All the new drawers are wash-before-wear. In a hot washer, with a pan of boiling water added.
  11. by   Love-A-Nurse
    yuck indeed! however, has not this being going on with some buying panties, etc. at garage sale? how about towels? yuck!
  12. by   June55Baby
    Quote from love-a-nurse
    yuck indeed! however, has not this being going on with some buying panties, etc. at garage sale? how about towels? yuck!
    you are right love-a-nurse! i recently had a garage sale and was surprised when people bought all my old worn-out panties and bras and even my husband's undershorts for 10 cents each.....
  13. by   Marie_LPN, RN
    Kids' underwear at a yardsale is a hot item. I know kids grow fast, but whenever i become a parent, that will be something i WILL splurge for a new purchase on!