An H&M store was forced to close after a worker shared a photo of LICE messing around in hoodies.
The horrific collision was made at one of the fashion retailer’s branches in New York, which closed only after an employee complained about their inadequate response.
Netroya B, who works at the store’s Oculus store at the World Trade Center in Manhattan, explained in a tweet that a customer spotted the creepy reptiles gobbling up a coat rack on on Wednesday.
She shared a series of photos of the bug while condemning the store’s poor handling of the problem, claiming they had simply demolished the area.
Frustrated employees said they were also unable to close the store or notify staff of the pest problem in a post that went viral.
She wrote: “Today a customer discovered lice on the shelf of a hoodie.
“They didn’t close the store and didn’t notify the staff about the problem. The department has just been locked down.”
Netroya added that she believes the hoodies are still fresh on the shelves because the store “picks up daily”.
After facing backlash online from outraged customers, the H&M store later announced it was temporarily closing out of an “out of an abundance of caution”.
“We take the safety of our customers and employees extremely seriously,” the company said in a statement.
“Out of an abundance of caution, we have closed the H&M store at Westfield World Trade Center for a full investigation.”
Netroya said in another tweet that she is disgusted by the terrible discovery as she has never seen anything like this after working at the store for 5 and a half years.
She urged a customer who responded to her original post to do their laundry immediately, adding that “the warehouse isn’t too clean either”.
The clothing store employee later posted another update on the matter regarding H&M’s response to the pest problem.
She explained that she knew of an inspector who visited the New York store, but “they never released a statement saying what it was and I doubt they would.”
Netroya assured users concerned she would lose her job after revealing the outlet that she was leaving her role on Friday.
“I resigned because I hated it there,” she said.
Hundreds of social media users shared their outrage at the images of crawling on their skin, calling the incident a “health and safety hazard”.
One person insisted: “This is disgusting and completely unacceptable! Lice can spread. Staff needs to be informed and the store needs to be cleaned. Do better!”
Another added: “Just looking at it makes my eyes itch!”
Others began to speculate on the true identity of the lice, with some suggesting that they might instead have been bed bugs or bugs that had infiltrated the store.
The Sun has reached out to H&M for comment.
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