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Proposed bill would require “barriers” to try on “intimate apparel” at stores

New legislation filed by Orlando Sen. Geraldine Thompson would require retailers to ensure customers trying on “intimate apparel” in its stores use underlying clothing or barriers in its facilities.

The bill’s text reads…

“Intimate apparel.—A retail store may not allow customer to try on intimate apparel in the store unless the item is tried on over clothing or a disposable shield is used. If a customer tries on an item of intimate apparel in violation of this section, the item is considered defective, and the retail store may not sell the item. As used in this section, the term “intimate apparel” includes lower undergarments and swimsuit bottoms.”

The practice is already encouraged in most major retail stores and appropriate signage is usually posted, however there is no requirement that vendors deem apparel that has been tried on “defective,” to prevent them from attempting to resell the product.

Popular dealers of intimate apparel like Victoria Secret shred any garments that are returned or suspected of possible wear.

Sen. Thompson was out of town, and thus unavailable for comment on this story.

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Frank Torres is the Orlando-area writer for Florida Politics. He is a U.S. Army veteran who grew up in Central Florida and has covered politics in the region since 2009. Torres serves as a regular contributor to several news and radio organizations in the area and features original photography from many of the events he covers.

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