Are You Buying Dirty Underwear?

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UnderwearThis morning we saw a disturbing report on the Today Show that made us so happy that we wash new underwear before we wear it.

According to Today‘s report, many large retailers and department stores, including Macy's, Nordstrom, Bloomingdale's, Saks, Victoria's Secret, Gap, Express and J. Crew, accept returns of (seemingly) used underwear and bathing suits, then put it back on the shelves — even if they are visibly stained! Ewwww. To prove their theory, the show bought underwear and bathing suits from the stores, removed their tags and hygienic linings, marked their tags and then returned them. They even stained some with baby oil, just to prove their point. All of the stores accepted the merchandise, with some just returning them straight to the floor immediately, while hidden cameras caught them in the act.

Let's just get one thing clear: this. report. is. disturbing. And completely gross. Apparently, it's not illegal to resell used underwear, so as a consumer just be careful. Shop at reputable shops, check out your undies before you buy and always wash before you wear.

Now the real question: who are the culprits that return dirty panties and bathing suits? Have you ever done it?