A woman is outraged at three lingerie-clad mannequins in the window of Debenhams, Bromley, South East London, claiming they are "inappropriate" and bad for teenagers.
Audrey Baxter says the mannequins - viewable from the road outside Intu Bromley - just provide "extra titillation", adding "we have to hold up a bit of decency". The 50-year-old said: "I am not very happy with Debenhams in Bromley. When you go through the main door there are three models looking at you in very scanty bra and pants. I have spoken to the manager a couple of times - it is inappropriate.
"We have got to look after our teenagers. Young women are always worrying about their body image these days. Girls of eight are now anorexic. And men just stand there and stare at them." Ms Baxter says she thinks putting the mannequins in such a prominent part of the store is unnecessary, and they would be better placed behind a partition in the lingerie section.
She said: "You don't need to have them on display at the front of the shop. When I spoke to the manager he said 'well of course, it is Valentines Day, men like to buy things'. But what is wrong with pretty little nighties? I complained about the same thing in Easter last year and he said 'of course, it is Easter'. We are trying to boost our children up. We have got to hold up a bit of decency. It is not Ann Summers. It just provides extra titillation. Men stand there waiting for their wives."