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Sunday, September 07, 2008

Scottsdale Fashion Square Clerks Bare It

Remember Meredith Willson’s smash Broadway and Hollywood hit The Music Man? In that show, con man Professor Harold Hill warns the good folks of River City, Iowa of the dangers of a pool table being allowed in the town: "There’s trouble in River City, with a capital T that rhymes with P and it stands for pool!"

That pool table must seem minor compared to the shock some customers received this week at Fashion Square in Scottsdale. From noon until one on Wednesday, the four young female clerks at Lush Fresh Handmade Cosmetics waited on customers naked except for an apron which covered their fronts but exposed their bare backs. Their reasoning for this eye popping exhibition was to promote the store’s environment friendly products as reported by Republic columnist Nathan Gonzalez.

Clerk Laura Fielding explained that "66% of the products in our store are unpackaged....or naked." Because of this, customers can save the packaging cost and help the environment by saving some of the 79.6 tons of packaging that is thrown away yearly. Interesting, huh? I know what you are thinking if you are a guy: What about the naked girls? Well, they figure that the best way to get the idea of non-packaged cosmetics across to customers is to present them while naked. Clerk Shawna Thompson says "Sex is definitely going to bring people in."

Some female customers weren’t in agreement with that and a couple of elderly ladies seemed in a state of shock. At this time there are no reports of any men complaining about beautiful 20 year old naked clerks.

I think they have a great thing going there. Imagine: One of Lush’s 2 ounce shampoo bars lasts as long as three 8 ounce bottles of shampoo. That’s astounding but I think I need to go to the store tomorrow at noon to see Ms. Fielding for a demonstration of the (ahem!) product.