TikTok’s creator Ethan Carlson (@therealethancarlson) has identified a new breed of retail customers—those who refuse to step on the fitting room floor.
In a viral video, a New York City actor, musician, and retail worker claims that a woman came into the store and asked him to pull five shirts for her, among other clothes. Instead of trying them on, Carlson explains, he put them on the ground.
“A woman at work the other day ruined five T-shirts, and when I say ruined, I mean that T-shirt went to their grave,” he says in the clip, which was shared on Friday. Has been viewed nearly 100,000 times so far.
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After taking the woman to the fitting room and asking for a shirt, Carlson asked about the size and type of shirt she’d like to pull it off. He told her that whatever works.
“I was like, great,” he explains. “Confused but great.”
He says he closed the curtain and threw the shirt on the floor, proceeded to take off his shoes, and only stepped on the T-shirt. As she tries on the clothes, Carlson says she’s rolling and turning the shirt on the ground.
“Did not step on the floor, because how dare he step on the floor of the freshly cut fitting room,” he says, annoyed.
The woman eventually left the dressing room with a pair of paints, he claims. Carlson then lifted the shirt off the floor and asked if any of them had worked for him.
“She goes ‘Oh, I was never going to get them,'” he concluded. “People are scared. Happy Halloween season.”
In the comment section, users shared their shock on the woman’s behaviour.
One user commented, “It really scares me that people like this are walking among us and we will never know.”
“I would have added them to his bill,” said another.
A third user commented, “The thing that scares me is that at least one person will look at it and say ‘Oh, that’s a great idea.'”
Carlson replied, “I know. I shouldn’t tell these stories for that reason.”
The Daily Dot contacted Carlson via email.
*First published: September 16, 2022, 3:12 pm CDT
Lauren Castro is a reporter based in Austin, Texas.