Mannequins dressed as assailants at Florida store anger shoppers

Posted: 1:11 PM, Aug 13, 2019
Updated: 2019-08-13 13:11:40-04

OCOEE, Fla.-- A concerned mother, who doesn't want to be identified, says her back-to-school shopping this weekend was stopped short by the display at showroom in the West Oaks Mall.

One mannequin wore a shirt that read "Main Sniper" another wore an outfit resembling a bulletproof vest.

"We're in the midst of mourning two other massacres in this country within 13 hours of each other, the flags are lowered at half staff again and this is on display in an area where people are back to school shopping?" the mother said.

She says she's called the store multiple times but can't seem to get a straight answer. "As far as I know, a good handful if not more have called and I know one person that dealt with some extreme rudeness and belligerence on the part of the person who answered the phone."

We reached out to showroom as well to ask about the displays in the front of the store and about the outfits the mannequins were wearing. We received a very similar answer. No one would be available to speak with us until Thursday of this week.

As of Monday afternoon, it looks as if the store removed the display that read "Main Sniper," though the mannequin wearing what looks like a bulletproof vest remained.

"I'd like to see them take this down. I don't want something like this to become a trend, or God forbid, a fashion statement. I want to see this become okay to bring this up in a conversation without dividing sides again," the mother said.

We also contacted the marketing department at the West Oaks Mall but have yet to hear back.