New Yorker Cailey Fiesel has sued Zara after having found a rodent sewn into the seam of her new dress.
A few weeks after buying the dress, she wore it out and noticed a pungent odour coming from her new clothes.
“Despite getting up from her desk and walking around, she was unable to escape the odour,” her lawsuit stated.
“I felt something brushing up against my leg and thought it was a string from the seam of the dress,” Fiesel told the New York Post.
“I then felt the hem of the dress and it felt like there was some sort of sensor. I turned up the seam of the dress and saw it was not a sensor and that it was a mouse. I froze – I was paralysed with fear,” she added. “I was in complete shock. My eyes saw that it was a mouse, but my brain told myself it can’t be.”
As a result, Fiesel is suing for unspecified damages after suffering both emotional distress and, disturbingly, a large rash that was diagnosed as a “rodent-born disease”.
A spokesman for Zara USA said the company “is aware of the suit and we are investigating the matter further. Zara USA has stringent health and safety standards, and we are committed to ensuring that all of our products meet these rigorous requirements.”