Sunday, December 4, 2011

An open letter to Ascena Retail Group, Inc./Dress Barn/Tween Brands/Justice clothing stores

Dear Justice Stores and corporate owners:

I was in one of your stores today shopping with a friend for her daughter, and noticed a disturbing display. As we approached the counter, I found that what I had thought a brightly colored accessory rack was in fact CANDY. CANDY. In a CLOTHING store. FOR CHILDREN. Let's leave aside for the moment the question of whether candy belongs at the registers in any store aside from...a candy store. I cannot entertain the notion that anyone would think this a good idea in any sense other than the cynical quest for profits. Nor can I entertain the notion that any adult, let alone any adult with children, would need the problems with CANDY AT THE REGISTERS IN A CHILDREN'S CLOTHING STORE explained to them, so I won't. This is appalling, and the candy should be removed from your stores immediately.