We’re not fancy sociologists or anything, but we take it as a definite sign of the times when a retailer thinks it’s appropriate to sell crotchless underwear to kids so young they can’t drive, smoke or vote.
A recently opened store at a shopping mall in Greeley, Colo. called Kids N Teen was doing just that. Alongside stuffed animal backpacks and cutesy sweater sets aimed at the under-10 set, there were leopard thong underwear that on one concerned mom’s cell phone camera looked like they were split down the crotch.
The mother spoke out in an interview, calling the store to task for trying to sell its decidedly pre-pubescent customers on something so squarely sexual.
“There is one purpose for an item of that nature, and that is not something we want to encourage in our young girls.”
After complaints from mall management, the store owner took the panties off the shelves, but defended the stores decision to display the panties by saying that some of its merchandise is aimed at teenagers. Teenagers who need to pick up SpongeBob lunch bags for their little brothers, apparently.